Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Shoe Wedge!

File this into the "things that everybody else probably already knew but I didn't" category... I was at my favorite local shop in Indy a couple of weeks ago bitching about how I couldn't get my chain tight enough when employee Shawn Wolf whipped off his shoe and yelled out, "shoe wedge!"



It works absolutely perfectly. Instead of using my own shoes, I usually sneak one that belongs to my wife because she tends to wear skids with a thicker sole than I do. Please don't tell her...!

4 comments:

Tom Mosher said...

I usually cram my hand in where the shoe is, but this seems maybe a little better.

inkyfingers said...

This is genius! Yay creative inventiveness!

Calvin said...

It's all about rockin' back and forth.

Tighten one locknut, grab the chainstay on that side with a thumb on the outside, grip the rim with index and middle finger on the other side... squeeze together... tighten other locknut, loosen first, and repeat. Gets it perfect every time.

colonel clipland said...

very small rubber doorstop also works wonders. it's wedge to the more you rotate the wheel the tighter the chain gets...just dial in your desired chain tension and bob's your uncle!

the shoe is pretty slick however...