Have my dropouts checked? Good point. Maybe I should just go into my basement and check them myself with my dropout tools. It goes without saying that this needs to be done when building up any bike (though there is little point with moderns bikes; if the dropouts are off, you're sunk). I have aligned the dropouts on all of my bikes and hundreds of other bikes as well. Back when serious riders used screw-on hubs, broken axles were a fact of life. While I've never trusted the average racer to even understand that dropouts need to be checked, I do know several riders who are also professional mechanics and they know (knew) how to set up old-school bikes. They still broke axles. The bigger and taller they were, the more axles they broke. Good technique helps, but broken axles are a given with older hubs. Tom Dalton Bethlehem, PA Philcycles@aol.com wrote: In a message dated 4/26/02 1:19:00 PM, email@example.com writes:
<< I hate to even think how poorly 10mm steel axles on screw-on hubs would hold up on a tandem. I weigh about 170 pounds and I break Campy 126 axles pretty often. >>
You need to have your dropouts checked. I use Campy axles at 130mm, weigh 220 and never break or bend axles. Phil Brown
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