How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

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How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby miss notax » Mon Nov 12, 2012 16:36 pm

Yes, I know this is a mtbing forum, but a friend has kindly offered to give my road bike the once-over and after a passing glance this morning I have spotted the following challanges, a) no quick release and b) v-brakes :shock:

I have only ridden for about 10 mins in 4 years (hence the need for a check!) but am vaguely minded to use it to train over the winter.... So, how the hell do I get the wheels off to fit it in my car?! I drive a Mini - so leaving the wheels on is not an option (and nor is riding it as it's dark and raining and i'll probably crash!!) :?

Don't laugh, but help please....! :lol:
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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby njee20 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 16:47 pm

Are you sure they're v-brakes, as opposed to callipers? Hybrid or cross bike rather than road bike if so...

If no QRs then you'll need a 15mm spanner, v-brakes you just need to pop the cable out at the noodle (the bendy metal tube). If they're callipers there should be a little QR lever on the front - where the cable comes in.

That said... if it's got solid axles chances are it's a cheap bike and probably won't be much fun to ride, go and buy a new shiny one :-)
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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby miss notax » Mon Nov 12, 2012 16:56 pm

Thanks!! I have been reliably informed by the blokes in my office that it probably does have quick releases, and that it's not v-brakes but caliper brakes :lol: Goes to show what I know!! :lol:

I'll have a go when I get home - at least it's clean, years of taking the wheels off filthy muddy mountain bikes have got to count for something right!?
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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby njee20 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 17:05 pm

It's no different at all, you just need to undo the brakes as said. The lever is the black thing on the left - rotate so the lever points upward.

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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby miss notax » Mon Nov 12, 2012 17:09 pm

Oh cool, thank you. I can cope with that 8)

Just need to get used to riding the damn thing now :wink: :lol:
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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby antfly » Mon Nov 12, 2012 18:15 pm

I can get my bike in my mini with just the front wheel off and the passenger seat forward.
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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby Chunkers1980 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 18:26 pm

That really doesn't say much. The new ones are huge.

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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby miss notax » Mon Nov 12, 2012 18:57 pm

Well, managed to get the wheels off but I am obviously a bit thick as the (inflated) tyre wouldn't pull out past the calliper... I had undone the lever thing but it still wouldn't pull through. I couldn't see any other obvious way of pushing the callipers further apart.

In the end I let the air out of both tyres and voila! Both wheels off. I assume there is an easier way though which I have missed?
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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby Chunkers1980 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 19:04 pm

Some do have a clip which allows them to fully come apart. But sometimes taking air out the tyre is needed (or undoing the cable) but it depends on rim to tyre width how much you need them to come apart.

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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby antfly » Mon Nov 12, 2012 19:22 pm

Chunkers1980 wrote:That really doesn't say much. The new ones are huge.

Have you ever been in one ? They are definitely not huge but the seats go down fully flat which creates just enough room with the seat forward. That is an incredibly dull statement....
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Postby Chunkers1980 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 19:31 pm

He says.... With my point being in a 'proper' mini the seats didnt even come down.

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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby antfly » Mon Nov 12, 2012 19:37 pm

I didn't know that, before my time.
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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby cooldad » Mon Nov 12, 2012 20:25 pm

miss notax wrote:Well, managed to get the wheels off but I am obviously a bit thick as the (inflated) tyre wouldn't pull out past the calliper... I had undone the lever thing but it still wouldn't pull through. I couldn't see any other obvious way of pushing the callipers further apart.

In the end I let the air out of both tyres and voila! Both wheels off. I assume there is an easier way though which I have missed?

Try the other way. Or give it a yank.
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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby Cat With No Tail » Mon Nov 12, 2012 21:43 pm

cooldad wrote:
miss notax wrote:Well, managed to get the wheels off but I am obviously a bit thick as the (inflated) tyre wouldn't pull out past the calliper... I had undone the lever thing but it still wouldn't pull through. I couldn't see any other obvious way of pushing the callipers further apart.

In the end I let the air out of both tyres and voila! Both wheels off. I assume there is an easier way though which I have missed?

Try the other way. Or give it a yank.


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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby cooldad » Mon Nov 12, 2012 22:50 pm

Oh come on, I gave you an opening as big as a barn door.
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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby miss notax » Tue Nov 13, 2012 09:06 am

Oh dear boys.... :wink: :lol:
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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby mrmonkfinger » Tue Nov 13, 2012 09:18 am

Cat With No Tail wrote:
cooldad wrote:
miss notax wrote:Well, managed to get the wheels off but I am obviously a bit thick as the (inflated) tyre wouldn't pull out past the calliper... I had undone the lever thing but it still wouldn't pull through. I couldn't see any other obvious way of pushing the callipers further apart.

In the end I let the air out of both tyres and voila! Both wheels off. I assume there is an easier way though which I have missed?

Try the other way. Or give it a yank.


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so how does giving the bike an american help anything?

that is what you meant.... right?

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Re: How do I take the wheels off my road bike.....?

Postby craigw99 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 14:22 pm

Chunkers1980 wrote:He says.... With my point being in a 'proper' mini the seats didnt even come down.

you could get 2 across the back in an old mini (and two bikes if you take the front wheels off)
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