Bent Axle

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by stowaway, Oct 1, 2007.

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  1. stowaway

    stowaway Guest

    Ive gone through my second axle in as many months. they keep bending on me.. I do go up gutters and things.

    is there any way of getting a stronger axle?? I just rung the bike shop and they want to replace my entire wheel for $250!@#@!

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    my advice would be to stop doing the gutter (curb) thing
    with the added weight of the engine, you are asking for mechanical probs
  3. spunout

    spunout Member

    hahaha! dont go up gutters and things, azkronic's right. 250bux for a wheel?! what is it solid gold? all bike shops here want 35 for a rear with coaster brake, which i just replaced cuz i forgot to tighten the spokes.
  4. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    :cool:bending the front axle? just stop jumping curbs and gutters, put a stock rim and tire.

    maybe you could upgrade to front suspension, but ya still gotta stop jumping curbs with a motorized bicycle.
  5. kevbo

    kevbo Guest

    Are you using a nutted axle (solid) or a quick release skewer (hollow) type. The words in parenthesis offer a clue as to which resists bending better.
  6. krash

    krash Guest

    did you mention if it was a front or rear.
    was it sudden or did it give you some notice?
    But YEAH ride smooth keep rubber on the road!
  7. Bent Axle - Use Chromoly

    In order of strength -
    1) Quick release axle (weakest)
    2) Steel solid axle
    3) Chromoly solid axle (strongest)

    The Chromoly steel axle is much stronger, but only slightly more expensive, than a stock steel axle ($8 vs. $6). In a bike shop, you have to ask for Chromoly. If you don't ask, you will get a standard steel replacement. Make sure that if you buy just the axle, that your axle nuts and cones have the same thread. I found that some national bike stores sell Chromoly bike axles that have unusual threads and don't carry the associated nuts.

    I have a Chromoly axle on my drive wheel and have no more bent axles.