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    rear wheel play...

    i went riding last weekend with the wife and in order for both bikes to fit into the vehicle had to remove the wheels with the QR. this is no big deal i know ( i do it with front wheel all the time), but when i put the rear wheel back into place to ride, it had a slight bit of play in the rear wheel. standing still i can grab the rear wheel and move it side to side a little. i know the QR is not the problem, it is as tight as possible. i also did not have this problem befor had( if there was a slight play, it was not near as bad as this).

    being new to working on these bikes , was wondering if i could get a diagnoses, and maybe a solution...

    THANX

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    cones are loose and need to be adjusted/tightened. this will require cone wrenches and probably some trial and error, it's fairly easy to do, but can be tricky to get it just right, as correctly tightened is not as tight as you can get it. either consult a book, parktool.com, or your LBS
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    Sheldon Brown's website is a great resource for learning to wrench your own bike too.
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    thanks guys

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    firstly, be sure the bike is all the way in the Drop outs..
    If you put the wheels on upside down you might not have slid it all the way in.

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    Depending on what kind of bearings it has you may just need to cinch down the axle nuts. If it has cup and cone you will have to adust the freeplay as markf indicated

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    yeah the wheel is fully seated into the drop outs. that much i know, but is there anyway to tighten this without any special tools. i live 2 hours from any bike shop, so its a life saver if possible to do it myself

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    well, you could maybe get it better, but not fix it correctly. take the wheel off, take the QR all the way out(take care not to drop those springs, they love to run away in a hurry), now with just your fingers grab (as best you can) the nuts where cone wrenches would go, they should be the closest "slotted" things to the hub. tighten as well as you can with your fingers, spin wheel. now wiggle the axle. if you got 99% of the play out and it spins fine, perfect. if not, try again/repeat until you get close at least, if you can with just your hand. cone wrenches are pretty specialized tools, and you're unlikely to have something that size that's that thin around. but sheldon's site or parktools can help with the specifics, just use your hands instead of wrenches. i can get some hubs really close with just my fingers, but basically always have to use wrenches to totally fix it. good luck.
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