Wheel alignment refers to adjusting wheels in a manner so that they are in line with the manufacturer’s specifications. This is important to ensure the bike’s balance and make sure it’s travelling in a straight line. In this article, we will tell you how to check the alignment of the front and rear wheel of your bike.
Before starting the exercise, you need to arrange certain things such as a string, ruler and adhesive tape. After that, put your bike on centre stand so that both the wheels can rotate freely.
Then double the string to reduce it to half its length and tie it to the rear wheel in a manner so that the folded end lies at the middle of its surface area. Now, stick the tape to make it stationary.
The next step is to take both ends of the strings to the front wheel. The major benefit of tying the string’s center to that of the middle of the rear wheel is that its free end will be of the same length with respect to that of the front wheel.
Once done, tie the two ends of the string to the ruler. Now, keep the ruler on the front surface area. While doing so, make sure there are no bends. It is also essential to note that the string attached to the rear wheel is parallel to the ground.
Now, it’s time to check the gap on both sides. Once you note down the initial readings, rotate the wheels and again note down the readings. Do this exercise multiple times. In other words, rotate the wheels several times and note down the readings.
If wheel alignment is perfect, then the readings will be the same. However, if the readings differ, then you need to align the wheels of your bike properly. It is advisable to check out the alignment of your bike’s wheel after a few rides for a smooth experience.