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Fixie axle nut tightness, slipping?

Sometimes When I pedal really hard, or start to skid, it feels as if something momentarily slips. Could this be my axle? So I tightened the axle nuts as much as possible. Is it bad to tighten the axle nuts too much? Was the axle slipping? Has anybody else had this problem?

Answer:

If your axle would slip it would force the wheel against the frame and either stop you cold or make the wheel rub. It is not a good idea to exceed the torque rating on the axle or axle nuts, so yes, it is bad to tighten them too much. Your problem, assuming it is a fixie and not a single speed (freewheel), is that the rear cog is probably loose. Retighten the cog and the lockring and you should be fine.
May 28, 2018

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