Coker wheel alignment

“Chris Carey” <chris@hempseed.com>:

> I got the coker yesterday. It really is quite intense. I highly suggest it

Yeah! “Intense” is a good word for that first Coker ride.

> It is worth noting there was a problem with shipping. The box was very torn
> up when it was left on my door. The tire is much closer to the fork on one
> side than the other. I’m in the process of resolving this, and will keep the
> NG posted.

> Chris Carey

While I had no shipping trouble, I did have to align the wheel a bit. I used
.020 inch of shim under the right-side bearing to put things right.

What? No precision shim stock? Find a cheap (in both senses of the word) set
of feeler gauges anywhere that sells tools and stuff for doing minor car
repair. Cut to size with a cold chisel (or bend and flatten). Total cost is
maybe US$5, tops.


Rick Plavnicky plav@eclipse.net from my box to yours
<URL:mailto:plav@eclipse.net><URL:http://www.eclipse.net/~plav/

Re: Coker wheel alignment

Brad Gwynn <traction@shore.net> writes:
> Rick Plavnicky wrote:
> > While I had no shipping trouble, I did have to align the wheel a bit. I used
> > .020 inch of shim under the right-side bearing to put things right.
> >
> > What? No precision shim stock? Find a cheap (in both senses of the word) set
> > of feeler gauges anywhere that sells tools and stuff for doing minor car
> > repair. Cut to size with a cold chisel (or bend and flatten). Total cost is
> > maybe US$5,
>
> take a look at the wheel itself it may well be dished… mine was. if so, you
> can correct the problem with a spoke wrench.

Well, some miles later, I found a few spokes loosening. Putting wrench to spokes
fixed that, but left the problem of getting the wheel true. Figuring that I can
always hunt down a wheel builder to bail me out if I mess it up too bad, I hung
the unicycle from a basement beam, attached a laser to the frame with duct tape,
and took my best shot…

When it looked good I took it out and discovered that it now had a new lean - in
the opposite direction! Removed the shim. I expected to have to replace it with
a smaller one but, no, it was fine without.

Some 40 miles or so later, the spokes remain tight and the alignment still
seems fine.

To the eye, though, the wheel is closer to one side of the frame than the other.


Rick Plavnicky plav@earthlink.net from my box to yours mailto:plav@earthlink.net
http://home.earthlink.net/~plav/

Re: Coker wheel alignment

In article <4.1.19990710075233.00a09920@wingate>, Rick Plavnicky wrote:

> Find a cheap set of feeler gauges anywhere that sells tools and stuff for
> doing minor car repair. … Total cost is maybe US$5,

Or, buy a can of coke/beer/other beverage and total cost 50p (depending upon
beverafe selected), with refreshments included!

regards, Ian SMith

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Re: Coker wheel alignment

Rick Plavnicky wrote:
>
> “Chris Carey” <chris@hempseed.com>:
>
> > I got the coker yesterday. It really is quite intense. I highly suggest it
>
> Yeah! “Intense” is a good word for that first Coker ride.
>
> > It is worth noting there was a problem with shipping. The box was very torn
> > up when it was left on my door. The tire is much closer to the fork on one
> > side than the other. I’m in the process of resolving this, and will keep the
> > NG posted.
>
> > Chris Carey
>
> While I had no shipping trouble, I did have to align the wheel a bit. I used
> .020 inch of shim under the right-side bearing to put things right.
>
> What? No precision shim stock? Find a cheap (in both senses of the word) set
> of feeler gauges anywhere that sells tools and stuff for doing minor car
> repair. Cut to size with a cold chisel (or bend and flatten). Total cost is
> maybe US$5, tops.
>
> —
> Rick Plavnicky plav@eclipse.net from my box to yours
> <URL:mailto:plav@eclipse.net><URL:http://www.eclipse.net/~plav/>
take a look at the wheel itself it may well be dished… mine was. if so, you can
correct the problem with a spoke wrench.

Re: Coker wheel alignment

I used a bit of the yellow wrapping tape that the Coker box came wrapped up
with!

Ian Smith wrote in message …
>In article <4.1.19990710075233.00a09920@wingate>, Rick Plavnicky wrote:
>
>> Find a cheap set of feeler gauges anywhere that sells tools and stuff for
>> doing minor car repair. … Total cost is maybe US$5,
>
>Or, buy a can of coke/beer/other beverage and total cost 50p (depending upon
>beverafe selected), with refreshments included!
>
>regards, Ian SMith
>–
> |\ /| Opinions expressed in this post are my own, and do
> |o o| not reflect the views of Amos, my mbu puffer fish.
> |/ | (His view is that small snails are very tasty.)
> Amos now on the web at http://www.achrn.demon.co.uk/amos.html