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General Bike Thread (Desiderata, Questions, Pics)

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by kronik, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. otc

    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    Custom frame that was stolen and recovered (sans parts). So it is entirely possible the thief or subsequent "owner" did something stupid like tried to fit a track hub in there or just stored it somewhere it could get squished a bit.

    I put the rear wheel in and it just looked off which made me start measuring (also, it didn't slide nicely into the dropouts...spacing felt a little tight).

    There's a chance they are asymmetrical chainstays (to reduce dish), so I'll have to take some more measurements (that would throw off the string test), but I was holding a board to the rim and it was looking like it wasn't centered on the seat tube/BB shell.

    Then it could be paranoia, but looking closely I started feeling like the dropouts weren't parallel to each other...

  2. Alexidb

    Alexidb Senior Member

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    Jan 16, 2011
    Check the points where the chain stays and frame stays meet the dropouts and the frame/bb shell. If there is no obvious distortion there take it to a bike shop and have them put drop a drop-out alignment gauge on it.

    Last edited: Jan 2, 2019

  3. venessian

    venessian Distinguished Member

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    Sò più de eà che de qua.
    You will have to do more checks to see what the issue is, if any, but asymmetric chainstays are not related to dish. Dish is a wheel issue, relating the hub/rim centerline to the axle/frame centerline.

    Asymmetric rims are designed for dish, of course, as are offset hubs (flanges). Asymmetric chainstays otoh have to do more with chainline, perceived frame stiffness, and generally (much more, really) aesthetics and marketing.

    Slightly off-kilter dropouts are the more likely cause of your issue, from what you describe.

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