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The front wheel on my bike is quick-release, and I often remove it when locking up my bike. Then when I go to put it back on, sometimes it is a bit difficult to make sure that the wheel is centered properly. I.e., the brake pads are not equally distant from the wheel rim, so sometimes one side of the brakes is a bit too close to the wheel.

I don't want to have to spend a spend a ton of time placing the quick-release wheel back on the frame. That defeats the purpose of quick-release, if it is slow-replace.

What are some techniques for quickly but safely replacing the quick-release wheel with v-brakes?

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Sounds like there is more going here. A quick release (front) wheel should just sit at the top of the dropouts, and be centered. Are you disturbing the brakes when you take the wheel out? –  andy256 Aug 21 at 6:46
    
Well, I do need to disengage the v brakes in order for the tire to be removed. So when I put them back together I may misalign the brakes. But even after I readjust the brakes, I find that the first time I test the brakes everything is aligned properly but after that the brakes return to a position where one pad is too close to the rims. It's not always the same side of the brake pass where this happens. –  Jason Aug 21 at 7:17
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You must not try to align the wheel to the bakes, the wheel is just pushed all the way in the dropouts and tightened. If your brakes are misaligned, you fix the brakes: Sheldon to the rescue sheldonbrown.com/canti-direct.html –  linac Aug 21 at 10:03
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Yep, for a normal bike, if the axle is all the way into the dropouts, the wheel should be aligned. If it's not then the brakes need adjustment or, possibly, the fork is bent. (In your case it may be simply that the brake pivots and cable need lubrication.) –  Daniel R Hicks Aug 21 at 11:17
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Are you sure the wheel is itself is centered? –  Blam Aug 21 at 11:53

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What I worry about mainly is the horizontal alignment of the wheels and brakes (V brakes or disks). In my experience just pressing fork down on the wheels will then "auto fit" which creates an horizontally accurate alignment.

I press from the handlebars vertically to the ground and the wheel keeps an horizontal alignment with the brakes (accurately set). The operation to press and lock the wheel takes 10 seconds, no more.

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then sqeeze the brake lever briefly and the brakes should come back into alignment. –  Nuі Aug 23 at 23:35

As others mentioned, do not try to manually align your wheel to the brakes (rather, adjust the breaks). Also, you might want to make sure that your wheel is dished properly (the rim is centered about the hub correctly).

If you want some extra "push" of the axle into the dropouts of the fork, I like to do the following: When you go to put your front wheel back on, stand at the front of your bike, facing the handlebars, with legs straddling the wheel. Bend over the handlebars with your chest pushing down on them and then tighten/clamp your quick-release. I've been doing this for many years (both to lock the bike and for transport), and it's worked wonders!

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