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Old 09-27-2006, 01:07 PM   #46
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furthering this... To me, i don't care if the rear wheel is aligned with the front. I care about the rear sprocket being aligned with the front sprocket. otherwise your chain/sprockets will bind and prematurely wear out. I see it on a lot of idiots bikes that get ahold of a toolset with no instruction from anyone on what to do. and they wonder why the rear sprocket looks like shark teeth and the chain makes a loud horrible sound when riding. ymmv ;)
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:03 PM   #47
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$102 !!!!
Psst: That tool sells for about 30 bucks.
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:06 PM   #48
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:13 AM   #49
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THANK YOU!

All the esoteric straightedge parallel to the front wheel stuff aside, this will work just fine for me.

Now - how do you get the point on the welding rod? Do you have a metal compatible pencil sharpener? Just kidding.

Thanks,again.

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Old 09-28-2006, 05:15 AM   #50
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If you need to worry if your swing arm pivots are square and in line with the rest of your frame, you have too much time on your hands. If they are not in line and square, then who cares about adjusting the chain correctly 'cause you got other problems!!!!

Thanks Creep, I've made one of these alignment tools for myself and one for a friend. He was amazed at my inginuity. Na, I gave you full credit!

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Old 09-28-2006, 03:34 PM   #51
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I've always checked the wheel alignment on my bikes with two straight 6' planks bungied either side of the back wheel, and then measuring the gap between the planks and the front wheel. This is very sensitive because of the distances involved - 1mm at the axle is probably equivalent to 5 or 6 mm at the front wheel.

In the UK there's a requirement for the wheels of a bike to be in line for the MOT test, I guess for reasons of safety, ie steering as well as tyre, wheel bearing and transmission wear.
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:25 AM   #52
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Well, I have the engine, tranny, drivetrain in one section, and suspension, wheels, and brakes in another. This is a cross-dresser, no, crossover tool right? I stuck it in the drivetrain section because my addled brain thought chain, but you are right, it is also a rear wheel issue.

Perhaps a Tool section would be a nice workaround? That might be a nice congregation point for all things TOOL, such as tool kits, and tool storage, and... yeah, good idea'r!

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Old 11-27-2006, 10:27 PM   #53
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as promised elsewhere

an administrative draft "seal of approval":



If I may borrow the phrase: simple yet elegant?

Now if approved, I need someone to help me remove the white outside of the black ring. I have tried to remove it but have failed to end up with a jpeg that doesn't have any background...
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Old 12-28-2006, 05:11 AM   #54
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I felt a bit uncomfortable that zip-tie might slide while I fiddle with it, I found a simple way to secure it in place. I had my "Creeper's Chain Alignment Tool" with a metric 6 rod.. Threads gouges grooves on the zip-tie and you're comfortably +/- 0.5 mm's on the spot..



Well.. Of course it would take ages to roll it for a couple inches if you are so dumb to zip it at the end of the rod..
..or maybe after a chain replacement!
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:32 AM   #55
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Creeper -- You make my days so much easier..
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:42 PM   #56
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Better that than your nights.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:21 AM   #57
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:12 AM   #58
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And yet another ancient Creeperism comes back from the dead. You gotta love it...
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:22 AM   #59
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Pretty cool . . . . . . .thanks !
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