Questions tagged [quick-release]

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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How tight should my front quick release lever be?

I'm referring to my first new bike, with a front wheel quick release lever as shown. The picture is picked from Internet How can I know whether I have locked my front QR lever correctly? Neither too ...
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What do the conical springs in quick releases actually do?

What is the purpose of the conical springs in quick releases? For centering? For anti-rotation? For dropping on the garage floor and rolling under the table? A legacy of the great spring controversy ...
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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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Where do springs on skewer go?

Where do the springs on a skewer go in relation to dropouts? And which way do they face? My springs are conical but I can't recall which direction the cone pointed or if they were between hub and ...
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Why not have the bearings in the forks themselves with through-axles?

Given that we're moving away from QRs to through-axles - partly driven by the torque needs of disc brakes, why not follow the natural progression and move the wheel bearings from the hub to the forks ...
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What is the proper position for quick-release levers?

Is it best to have the front wheel release lever in front of the fork, tailing the fork, or aligned with the fork? How about the rear; ahead, behind, or alingned with the chainstays, seatstays, or ...
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Where is the rear wheel quick-release mechanism on my bike?

Below are two pictures of my road bike's rear wheel (from the left and the right-hand side). As you can easily notice the tire is flat, and I suspect the tube needs to be changed since it's an old ...
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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 a ...
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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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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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Can disc brakes cause front quick-release to loosen?

I just purchased a Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch cargo bike with disk brakes and quick release skewers on both wheels. I haven't had any issues with it so far, in fact, I love riding it, but I have read that ...
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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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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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Should the tightness of the QR skewer (rear wheel) affect the freewheel

The tighter I fit my rear QR, the less freely my rear wheel spins. It’s very noticeable. Problem is that when I have the QR quite loose I tend to get a creaky noise from the rear axle under load but ...
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Can I replace my road bike's front wheel quick release with any quick release?

I lost my road bike's quick release. Pictured are what I lost. Do I need to find a specific quick release that fits, or does one size fit all/most?
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Is this a normal way to install a tire?

So I don't have a clue about bicycles. I wanted to replace the tires on my bike but couldn't figure out the size. So I went to a local bike shop where they showed me tires that would fit my bike. They ...
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Replacing Quick Release skewer with through bolt axle

I have a 2013 Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Hydro. The bike has disc brakes. The bike was built with quick release skewers on Mavic Aksium wheels. I have just read that Pinarello actually recommends 9mm ...
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What are these washers that came with my front wheel quick release?

I just bought my first bike in probably a decade (Schwinn Discover hybrid bike). There is a quick release for the front wheel. The skewer had a nut, lever, 2 springs, and these 2 washers on it. The ...
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Find or fabricate a metal bracket for bicycle trailer

My family and I just recently jumped into cycling. We bought two bikes for my wife and myself and a pull behind trailer for our 1.5 year old little girl. Problem is, my bike has a very small point ...
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Disc brake fork with QR and vertical dropouts: worrisome?

The pic below is from the fork of a 2020 Kona CoCo. Eyeballing it, it seems to me that an arc around the disc caliper contact point would pass straight through the dropout. Should this be worrisome? ...
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Converting a 3x10 to 1x10 with QR dropouts (NOT Thru axle)

Wondering about the load and potential issues of converting a 3x10 to a 1x10. Bike is aluminum with QR axles. Should I worry about the rear axle twisting out of the dropouts on the higher gearing? ...
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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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Need I mount my wheel flush to the top of my fork ends?

Using 28c tires with a recently purchased carbon fork, I found I had only ~1mm of tire clearance from the top of the brake caliper. However, if I mount my wheel slightly lower in my fork ends so that ...
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Should front fork sit directly on the axle thread?

I was taking off my front wheel and realized that the actual fork sits directly onto the threaded part of the axle. Wouldn't this ruin the threads?
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15mm thru axle to quick release

I bought a set of 29" Shimano Deore XT wheels (WH-M785). The front wheel has a 15mm thru axle, whereas the read wheel has a normal quick release. Installing the rear wheel on my bike (Trek 8.6 DS 2016)...
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Does tightening a QR skewer in different ways affect wheel alignment?

Logic tells me no, but if I refit my disc brake wheel and the disc is rubbing slightly on the caliper, if I undo the QR lever, tighten the nut on the other side clockwise and loosen the QR the same ...
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Can I replace a quick release skewer by something that needs a wrench to open?

I have an old Motobecane with quick release skewers in both wheels (700mm wheels), that I only use for short commutes (so I don't use the quick release function if there is a flat; [also hadn't have a ...
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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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Which road rear hubs have 135mm O.L.D., disc brakes, are quick release and have at least 32 holes?

So, my Cannondale Synapse (2017) which I regret every day getting for causing so many different problems needs a new rear wheel. Its O.L.D. is 135mm, with disc brake, quick release and uses a Shimano ...
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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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Are freewheels really that prone and susceptible to bent axles?

I'm 90kg (198pounds) and I have a 27.5 hard tail mtb 9 speed freewheel and it is quick release. I only use my mtb as a commuter on roads and never on trail. I run my tires at 35-40psi. Ever since i ...
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Using turbo trainer with solid axles

I just bought the In'ride 100 without checking if it fits my bicycle. My Triban 100 bicycle has solid axles and plain axle nuts. Now I want to know if it's possible to attach a quick release to a ...
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Quick release prevents wheel spinning freely

I just got brand new wheels for my road bike. All was looking great until I tightened the quick release on the front wheel (not too tight, I can close it with just my thumb and one finger) and now ...
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Damaged QR on Allez Elite

Question: What is the correct way to replace a damaged QR on a Specialized Allez Elite ? I broke this whilst trying to open the QR. It was extremely tight. I tapped with a hammer (I know not bright) ...
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Is it possible that a too tight rear wheel quick release can cause shifting issues?

It seems that is the case with my rear QR/derailleur. If QR is really tight it's impossible to get the shifting quite right. Could it be because of material fatigue in my derailleur hanger? It's been ...
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Disc brake rotor scraping against mounting bracket

(My question is related to Rear disc brake rotor rubbing against caliper frame mount? but I hope to provide some more context & photos.) I have a Rocky Mountain Edge mountain bike (possibly 2011 ...
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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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Can I replace my mountain bike's back wheel quick release?

I was wondering if there is a way to replace my bike's rear quick release with something which would be harder for someone to steal. At the moment all that someone has to do is pull the leaver and ...
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Creaking which is temporarily resolved by tightening rear quick release

My commuter road bike (Pinnacle Arkose 3 - actually a disc-braked cross bike, fitted with mudguards) has an annoying and loud creak, associated with each turn of the pedals - there is a creak each ...
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Quick release lever for wheel is stuck

So I was going to take my wheel off to replace my cassette but last night I gave it my all but could not get the quick release lever to disengaged. I've read to use a pipe for some more leverage but ...
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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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Wheel axle too short on the fork

I think my front wheel axle is too short, it is only half the size of the fork notch, see the picture: But if I remove the nut, the fork would touch the wheel and the disc brake. When I insert the ...
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Correct position of brake quick release on Ultegra 6800

I'd like to know wether the brake quick release lever on the Ultegra 6800 can be kept in any intermediate position between completely closed and completely opened when riding.
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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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How do you tighten a Hope seat post quick release?

I have a couple of these Hope seat post quick release, but I realised I don't know how to tighten it. I am referring to the adjustment on the bolt (not the qr lever).