OK I know – this has absolutely NOTHING to do with tech. I AM trying to be more environmentally responsible though and will be writing more about Green/Sustainable IT so it’s almost relevant!
My mountain bike has disc brakes front and rear. The front wheel has a quick release mechanism making it easy to fit my bike in the back/boot of my car. I’ve hardly used the bike since I bought it – something I plan to change. Something that’s frustrated me with it though is that I rarely manage to fit the front wheel without the disc rubbing on the brake pads. I can’t be alone hence now that I have found the answer I’m going to share it!
I visit my local bike shop and located an expert. He told me that the easiest way to align the wheel is simply to lower the bike onto the wheel while it’s on the ground. I’d been the opposite – placing the bike inverted on the ground and lowering the wheel into place. Upon returning home I tried following the advice and struggled to insert the wheel as inserting the wheel required the brake disc to fit between the pads AND getting the quick release mechanism lined up too.
I’ve found that a hybrid of both techniques works best for me. I inverted the bike and fitted the wheel as I used to before BUT didn’t tighten the quick release mechanism, then returned the bike to sit on it’s wheels and tighted the mechanism – bingo – all sorted 🙂
BTW The only tech on my bike is the trip computer – oh and my Zune if you count what’s in my pocket!