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Skewer removal without quick release

You have the wrong tool. Your cassette lockring removal tool has a long pin emerging from its centre, which would fit inside the axle of a QR compatible wheel, to keep the tool centred. What you have ...
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Advice on what to buy for someone who snaps rear axles often

You almost certainly have a 7 or 8 speed freewheel hub. They can do this, especially 8. Google those terms along with broken axles. 8 speed freewheel hubs had some years of prominence circa 2000-2001 ...
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Busted my bike hub & derailleur (I think) - how bad is it?

Updated based on your edits and comments. The severed piece of metal circled in the 3rd image is one of the cage plates, and was originally attached to the lower (idler) pulley bolt. Beyond ...
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Skewer removal without quick release

Stop. Right now. You don’t have a skewer/quick release system, you have a solid threaded axle that is secured to the frame by nuts. A quick release axle has an axial hole through it for the quick ...
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How to enlarge dropout slots?

You can do it with files. The chrome does make the surface harder but it's not a big deal. This is usually seen when the fork was originally slotted to take a 5/16" axle. I'm not a Raleigh ...
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Which direction should axle lock nuts face?

The rough side should face the frame dropout. The roughness is designed to increase friction with the frame dropouts. This type of knurling works because the frame dropouts are un-hardened, either low-...
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QR Skewer orientation

This is one reason why we keep them on the left.
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Converter for quick release skewer to thru axle

You can't convert a QR bike to use a TA, sorry. Not without welding anyway. The frame, specifically it's dropouts, control what you can use to retain the wheel's axle. To use a through-axle, the end ...
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Do I require a washer/spacer/shim between a hub's cone nut and lock nut?

Some axles [Maillard, Campag etc.] have a keyway along the threaded portions. An internal-tabbed washer slides on , between the cone and the locknut, to prevent locknut rotation also spinning the cone ...
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What is the purpose of this rear dropout screw?

While it has a rotation prevention value, it's negligible really. The Fuji Gran Fondo introduced this system in ~2012. They have a few of their road bikes use this convertible rear axle system. This ...
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Busted my bike hub & derailleur (I think) - how bad is it?

How bad are the damages, can you identify what specifically appears damaged and in need of repair? Is the frame and hub okay to keep and just needs a new derailleur? From what I can see it's a ...
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Just replaced axle on rear wheel. It is loose at first but as soon as I ride it, it tightens and wheel no longer rotates. Help!

I have sometimes made the mistake of not tightening the locknuts enough, causing the rotation of bearings to drag the cone, tightening it enough for the bearing to bind. The solution is to properly ...
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Dropout damage mystery, how to fix it? [Photos and videos]

Looks likely the main problem you have is caused by the left side axle protruding too far, meaning the QR would not have clamped the dropout. You need to center the axle. The other answers go into ...
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Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?

The reason for the bent axles is primarily due to your riding a bike with a freewheel. Freewheels (as opposed to a freehub) have a length of unsupported axle on the drive side of the bike that is ...
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Non-quick release through axle - a few questions

It's a Maxle Stealth. They are a little cheaper and are also a weight savings thing. They're not super common but there's nothing wrong with them. They've also not been around very long, just less ...
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What is the technical name for the push-on type of wheels that are found on some bicycle trailers?

As various people have noted, wheelchair hub is the correct term for these one-sided, push-button release hubs. It goes without saying that this type of mechanism is now being widely used in cycle ...
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Could I replace a hub on a wheel?

Simple answer: yes, but it’s not worth doing. Cost of hub, spokes, nipples and having wheel rebuilt will exceed the cost of a new wheel. Even if you re-use the spokes a new wheel will still be ...
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Could I replace a hub on a wheel?

Yes - I have personally done this, by installing an 8 speed cassette freehub into a wheel that had a 6 speed freewheel. The donor was a 26" MTB wheel, and the recipient was a 20" wheel for my folding ...
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Rear wheel not straight because of worn out dropout?

This almost exclusively happens because of external cam quick release skewers not clamping the wheel tight enough. Bike manufacturers love them because they're light, cheap, work fine most of the ...
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Are freewheels really that prone and susceptible to bent axles?

It almost certainly won't happen with a cassette hub. It can happen on standard axle cassette hubs, but it takes a lot, and there's basically always a dropout alignment problem at work in addition to ...
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QR Skewer orientation

No, there is no functional downside in the sorts of cases you're talking about, given that you can find a good resting angle for the lever. The world is in flux on the decorum versus functionality ...
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Advice on what to buy for someone who snaps rear axles often

There is one other possibility that bears mentioning: If the hub is somehow deformed, such that the bearing cups are not "square" to the axle, then the rotation of the hub can tend to "...
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Should front fork sit directly on the axle thread?

That's how it should sit, yes. There is no significant force applied on the threads themselves, the wheel is held in place by the friction forces between locknuts and dropouts. Here are a couple of ...
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How to determine torque when using quick release?

I’m presuming this is a lever-style axle, similar to a classic QR skewer? The guideline is usually to have the cam begin to fully engage when the lever is sticking out 90° (lever parallel to shaft). ...
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Why does my Rear bike tire slow down when Pedaling?

By far the most likely reason is that you've over tightened the bearings. Did you feel as if you needed 3 hands to get it back together? If not, you did it wrong. :) As usual Sheldon has a pretty ...
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Replace solid axle with quick release on Fixed Gear

This is easily accomplished, simply replace the axle from your wheel with a QR axle, at most you may have to cut an axle/skewer to length and maybe cut more threads if you can't find an axle and ...
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Is axle cone pitting more common on rear drive side?

The rear wheel carries the most weight, so straight off its subject to 60% of the stresses where the front only carries ~40%. Rear axle takes drive from the chain, which is on the right hand side. ...
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Could I replace a hub on a wheel?

As the others have already stated: Yes, it is possible, but ... However, I feel that the really important message has not been transported yet: Building a wheel is not easy for the uninitiated. Yes, ...
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How does this type of thru axle work?

For regular opening like changing a tube or tyre do I open the little bolt or do I use the lever? You take the axel out by unscrewing with the lever (left loose). The bolt allows you to change the ...
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Trailer wheel: Axle connected on one side only

What you are looking for is wheels with hubs that can accept or have a stub axle. Googling 'bicycle trailer wheels', 'bicycle trailer hub' or 'wheelchair hub' will yield some results. There are ...
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