Dumb question time: replacing jockey wheels?

Pokerface
Pokerface Posts: 7,960
edited April 2009 in Workshop
Have just replaced my drivetrain - from the crankset to the chain and cassette. Only thing I haven't replaced - are the jockey wheels.

So - do these need replacing as regularly as the other items? And how to tell if they need to be replaced? Any telltales signs (slipping, jumping, etc) - or just a visual inspection?

Thanks!

Comments

  • A visual inspection should be enough. The teeth can get very hooked, but the wheels are only to keep things in alignment so can be allowed to get quite bad. I've only ever replaced one set in several years of riding.
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    I had to change mine this week after jamming them solid and bending the small metal discs very badly and buckling a couple of the teeth, time for replacements.

    got a set of 105 jockey wheels for £5 from parker-international.co.uk really easy to replace just one small alan key bolt on each and they are different the top jockey wheel has a little float to help shifting, i've also found that over tightening the wheels can cause the chain to stick when freewheeling.

    Good luck :D
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  • rockmount
    rockmount Posts: 761
    itboffin wrote:

    .. i've also found that over tightening the wheels can cause the chain to stick when freewheeling.

    Good luck :D
    Shouldn't do that if they are the right ones ..
    .. who said that, internet forum people ?
  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    And the pulleys are in the range of £75-90 for replacements. Even the lower end Rival ones are around £30!

    No need to replace them from what I can see.

    Thanks for the replies.