How to remove a Cycles Maximus Wheel
Pedicab parts and maintenance.
In this series we look at general maintenance and repair of the Cycles Maximus Pedicab. Built like a tank and well worth the money, the cycles maximus is one of the greatest pedicabs ever made. Unfortunately the bike was over complicated from a mechanics point of view. The wheel especially is over engineered and a snapped spoke axle side takes a good hour or two to change.
Tools you will need: Circlip Tool, Slide Hammer, Adjustable Wrench (Socket preferred), 8mm wrench.
- First remove the axle bolt use a socket set and not a crescent wrench (they strip nuts).
- Remove the cir-clip from the hub using the cir-clip tool.
- Pull out the hub insert-cap using the slide hammer. Don’t be afraid to give it a whack but watch your fingers.
- Remove the small hub bolts on the other side of the hub using the 8mm spanner. Be patient this is a frustrating job which can take an hour or more.
Be careful not to get grease or oil on the discs as it will absorb into the pads and make the brakes forever squeaky and ineffective. You can buy a good cheap brake disc cleaner from a car parts shop but once the pads are contaminated, you might as well buy new ones. We recommend Methlayed Spirits to remove all oil from pads. Make sure you have an axle stand for the bike, and remove the carriage for easier access to the hub.
Some owners get so frustrated with the Maximus wheel size that they change them for larger 24″ wheels so they can run on hook worm tires. You can do this by drilling larger holes in a new rim or reducing the size of the spoke and putting a washer on it as it goes through the hub. If you are looking for new cyles maximus tires or inner tubes, try treadland.tv or click here.
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