9. Loosen all necessary front axle bolts before lifting

Nuts and bolts can get cranky if they’ve been in place for a year or more. Or maybe they’ve been locked in place by Gorilla Snot (a.k.a. weather-stripping adhesive), like in the photo above. So, make sure you loosen them while the front wheel is still on the ground. This way, if the fork turns while you’re trying to overpower the axle nut with a breaker bar, the bike won’t fall off the stand and end up on top of you.

  • Old MOron

    I hate working on my bike because I don’t trust myself. I wind up triple checking everything I do, and it takes me bloody ages. Oh well, thanks for the re-enforcement, Evans. And if that’s your wife holding up the tire with her toes, congrats to you both. She has attractive extremities.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Those feet belong to my daughter, but in the latest growth spurt over the last month, she’s grown my wife’s feet. So, I agree. It’s all in the genes, I suppose.

      • Old MOron

        Good man, Evans. I’m sure your contribution to the double helix counts, too.

  • 12er

    Ah the zip ties, brilliant! I always tried to find old cardboard or anything I could stack next to the forks to hold the calipers up. My trusty bag of 1000 zip ties from Fry’s has about 400 left after a decade. Will put them to use next time.

    • azi

      I use string.

  • Hal

    And…watch out for your brake discs when you move the front wheel in/out of the forks. It is remarkably easy to bend the aluminium carrier that the steel disc rides on and give the bike a buckled disc.

  • ‘Mike Smith

    I just hand tighten and say fuckit.

  • JMDGT

    Another advantage of the single sided swing arm with shaft drive. It is super easy to remove the rear wheel. Front wheel a little more difficult but not impossble. Removing wheels is a bridge I only want to cross if I have to. I need a good torque wrench.

  • GL1800 easy peasy. Lay a blanket on the floor and the bike down on its side. All work can be done without a jack. Front wheel is a whole different story though. Don’t try this with a full tank of fuel though 🙂 Video on youtube.

  • insydney

    its amazing how useful milk-crates can be when doing this kind of thing…. especially if you dont have a stool 🙂

  • insydney

    to stop misplacing bits or forgetting which order they came off in i use egg cartons, you can even have 2 marked L or R, if you really think it’s beyond you to remember things