Fittings, usually for wheels and saddle-posts, with a lever at one end so you can open them by hand, instead of using a spanner.

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In which orientation should a front wheel be installed?

A front wheel with a quick release mechanism can be installed in two orientations: the lever on the left, or the lever on the right. Does it matter in which orientation it's installed? If so, would ...
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Rear wheel slipping out under load

My commuting/cyclocross bike (a Surly Crosscheck) has a problem. If I tighten the quick release skewer to a normal level, sort of firm to close it, then if I step on the pedals hard at some point, ...
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Protecting quick-release seats and wheels from theft

I have to say I am not a fan of quick-release, especially for seats. I do not need to raise and lower my seat nearly enough (almost never) to justify the annoyance of having to take my seat with me or ...
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Can I just change straightforward wheel axles to QR skewers?

I've just bought a second hand road bike which doesn't have Quick Release Skewers. Can I just buy a set of QR Skewers and fit them? Are they a standard size? Are there any gotchas waiting to bite ...
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Is it safe to remove “lawyer tabs” on a carbon fork?

Is it safe to file off the "lawyer lips" - the little tabs on the end of the fork dropouts - on my carbon road fork? What about cyclocross forks? I've heard it's "common sense" to remove them...
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How to center a quick release rear wheel regularly

Just got myself a new quick release rear wheel. Fantastic, right? Well, it's sort of a pain because I'm always worried it's going to get nicked. Usually, I just take off the front one and thread the ...
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Quick release wheels on kids bikes?

Currently trying to find larger bikes for our kids aged 5 & 7. Oldest's next bike is going to be a struggle to fit in the back of the car (for various reasons they cycle to school in the morning ...
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Which direction should QR lever point?

A manual of a suspension fork states that the quick release handle must be in horizontal position, pointing backwards. Is there any technical reason for this? Another natural position can be pointing ...
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How do I correctly align the brake disc with the callipers when replacing my quick-release wheel?

My bike's front wheel is quick-release (QR), but the rear has a traditional skewer (because of the hub gears). It also has disc brakes, and as you'd expect, there isn't a lot of clearance between the ...
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Quick Release on Fixed Gear Bike

I recently purchased a fixed gear bike, Kilo TT. I had some fenders lying around, SKS raceblade. I tried to install them on my bikebut noticed that the fenders attached to the skewers. My fixed gear ...
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How do I know if my cone/cap/bearings need to be adjusted?

I have a custom road bike with (mostly) Shimano parts. I love to ride but I'm not so strong on the technical side. I have quick-release wheels; I regularly (3-4 times a year) put the bike in a bag ...
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What's the best way to quickly align front quick release wheel?

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 ...
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Thru Axle and Quick Release Fork/Frame Compatability?

Without using manufacturer specific parts: Can I use a wheel with a thru-axle hub on a standard quick release fork or frame dropouts (with an adapter)? Can I use a wheel with a quick release hub on ...
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Funky Rear Axle. Need help Identifying

I recently bought a Globe Work 2, and I'm digging it, but I'm at a loss for what is going on with my rear axle. I took a couple of pics (below), so I'm hoping someone can tell me what I've got. ...
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Singlespeed Hub - Rear Axle Swap

I have two sets of wheels, both laced to surly singlespeed hubs (the older "new" hubs, not the "ultra new" hubs which seem to make this process much easier). Anyway the wheelset I like better has a ...
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QR vs solid axle for freewheel hub

I've heard a lot of folks complaining about freewheel hubs getting bent axles. I have a rigid BSO with a solid rear axle that I occasionally pound on local trails. I've never gotten a bent axle. ...
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Replace solid axle with quick release on Fixed Gear

This goes off a previous question: Quick Release on Fixed Gear Bike Suppose I want to replace my solid axles with quick release skewers on my fixed gear bike. Yes, I am aware that this isn't ...
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Do I need to use the QR Skewer that came with my trainer? What sort of lubricant do I need to use?

For christmas, my wife picked me up an Elite Qubo Fluid trainer. It comes with a quick release skewer and nuts. However, my bike currently has a QR. On a whim, I checked and the stock QR bolt from my ...
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Can I cut down a quick release skewer?

I recently purchased a Conquer brand trainer - I have learned a lot after buying this thing - but I didn't know what quick release skewers were before I purchased the trainer. I've got a skewer that ...
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Tightening a quick release wheel and having one spring

I’m fairly new to mountain biking and I’ve recently removed a quick release wheel and I’m trying to reattach it. However if I tighten it too much it makes a squeak noise around the axle. Also I’ve ...
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Mongoose Threshold 2nd hand

The front quick release lever of my Mongoose Threshold is missing or broken. I don't know the year of the bike and do not know how to determine it. There is a sticker that says ATB4130, another one ...
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Do quick release wheels require certain design in the fork?

Basically, can a older (early 90's) American/SAE measured non-suspension fork take a quick release wheel? I'm looking to rebuild/restore my old Huffy Fire Mountain MTB made around 1990*. It has a ...
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maxle lever is very loose

I have a Whyte T-129s and the lever on the maxle is now very loose when putting the wheels back on. It no longer holds in place - is it possible to fix this?
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Quick-release seat slipping down [duplicate]

My bike's quick release seat has been slipping down recently. I noticed when my (pro) biker friend remarked how low down the seat on my bike was, and helpfully readjusted it for me. Biking became ...