26" Cruiser front wheel removal trick????

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  1. #1 Posted Oct 6, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Any tricks to removing a front wheel from a fork that has a slot only on the right side. Axel hole only on the left side.
    I ain't strong enough to spread the fork wide enough, and if I was I'd be afraid of damaging the fork.
    Right now I'm threading the axel way to the right until the left is short enough to pry out of the hole. But that is kind of a drag!
    Is there a better way????
    Thanks in advance!
    Paul
     
  2. #2 Posted Oct 6, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Is it on a blade fork or a springer fork?
     
  3. #3 Posted Oct 6, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    It's a pre war Rollfast blade fork.
     
  4. #4 Posted Oct 8, 2017

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    Let the air out of the tire?
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Thanks.
    I tried that. Didn't help. Didn't allow enough extra tilt to the wheel.
     
  6. #6 Posted Oct 8, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    How about the real oldies that both holes were not slotted? I have an early Peerless and had to do the thread it one way, tilt, spread, then thread it the other way. Took me an hour just to put the front wheel on that thing.

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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Wow! I guess having to thread it one way only ain’t so bad! I guess they want to force you to adjust the bearings every time you have to patch the tube????
     
  8. #8 Posted Oct 9, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    It isn't difficult to patch a tube without taking the wheel off the bike.
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    My 41 Colson has a blade fork with 2holes and no slots. After pulling my hair out, I bit the bullit. I used both hands and pulled one blade off the axle, and repeated on the other side. It really went quickly and smoothly. I would suggest wearing mechanics gloves.
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Thanks...I might try that next time. I wasn't sure how much strain the forks could handle without damage. They seem sprung very slightly now, so I suppose that has been done before.
    I guess both hands, and both feet as near the wheel axel as possible!
     
  11. #11 Posted Oct 12, 2017

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    Maybe hit the gym a couple of weeks before you tackle it!
     
  12. #12 Posted Oct 12, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    There ya go!!! Best idea yet!