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    Tire Clearance

    I've got a 2003 Trek 5500 and just noticed that the rear tire is much closer to the ND chain stay than the drive side. It's probably been that way since I first got it, and it's never touched the chainstay. The brake is centered and the wheel is straight. Just wondering if anyone else has the same situation.

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    Are they the original wheels? Do they turn true? Centered in the brakes?

    It's possible the chainstays are not symmetrical. It's also possible the wheel is not correctly dished.

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    I've tried a few other wheels and they also fit the same way. They're all true, and the brake is centered in each case.

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    Well, unless your dropouts are tweaked, that's probably just the way it is (sorry, I'm not familiar with this bike).

    If nothing else seems amiss, just keep on pedaling...

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    The bike has never been crashed so it's probably ok.
    I'll keep on pedaling!

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    Probably the wheel dishing. Turn it around to see if it looks the same in backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    Probably the wheel dishing. Turn it around to see if it looks the same in backwards.
    While this is the standard way to check the frame, you should note that he tried other wheels and they all looked the same. Strong suggestion that it is the frame but worth flipping the wheel just to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    While this is the standard way to check the frame, you should note that he tried other wheels and they all looked the same. Strong suggestion that it is the frame but worth flipping the wheel just to be sure.
    oh, my mistake I only read the OP and not subsequent posts at first.

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    Hi there,

    I turned the wheel around and instead of being real close to the ND side, it's a little more centered. Wheel dishing??

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    Make sure the wheel is all the way in the dropout, some wheels can be a little "grabby". You might want to put the bike in a stand, take the skewer off and put it in without the chain to check. I would also check the dropout alignment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stew View Post
    I turned the wheel around and instead of being real close to the ND side, it's a little more centered. Wheel dishing??
    Assuming you got the wheel properly seated in the dropouts, according to the Magic 8 Ball "all signs point to wheel dish"

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