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Where do springs on skewer go?

From Sheldon Brown: The lever goes on the non-drive side of the bike (i.e. the side without the gears). One spring should be on the non-drive side of the bike and the other spring should be on the ...
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Replacing rear solid axle with skewer

Leave the wheel in tact and see if you can order some 'turbo trainer axle nuts', pictured below, to replace your current nuts on existing axle. If these don't work for you then start disassembling the ...
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Difference between Campagnolo quick release skewers

With respect to @fandango68, there are a number of misstatements. This part appears correct: Type 20 - Shamal Ultra, Eurus, Zonda and Neutron Ultra Wheels Type 40 - Vento, Khamsin and Khamsin CX ...
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Wheels don't move freely after installing pinhead skewers

The skewer isn't an axle so nothing rotates and it and there's no need for grease. It's more likely that the wheels aren't completely straight in the dropouts causing the brakes or tyres to rub. I ...
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skewers - how to measure length of existing skewer?

It is the internal distance between rear dropouts that defines the replacement QR skewer. The existing skewer can be used as a supplementary information. That distance also matches the hub locknut-to-...
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Why am I breaking Pitlock spring washers so frequently?

I reached out to Pitlock DE about this question specifically (I'm an authorized North American retailer since 2006) and heard this back: Regarding the question of your customer about the spring ...
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Can I replace a quick release skewer by something that needs a wrench to open?

There is a list of products here https://www.cyclingabout.com/list-ways-theft-proof-wheels-secure-components-locking-security-skewers-seatpost-locks/ Loosely: A set of skewer ends designed to make ...
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Rear skewer spacing

Short answer: Drop to the 25mm. Your frame cannot support a 28mm tire. Alternatively, get a touring bike. (everyone needs more bikes!) If you are going to be 'loaded', a 28mm may be more likely ...
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How secure are Security Wheel Skewers like Zéfal Lock'n'Roll?

Reviews state that its pretty easy to break into. To quote the road.cc article above: In locked mode, attempts to prise them open with my hands proved reassuringly futile. However, a wander round ...
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Find or fabricate a metal bracket for bicycle trailer

I'm curious about why you bought a trailer without checking that it would attach to your bike. It would be better to return it, taking your bike(s) into the shop, and get them to find something that ...
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Can the trainer damage my bike's skewer?

Yes. QR skewers are not designed to carry the weight of the bike. When riding, the weight is transferred from the axle to the dropouts directly, with the skewer just holding the friction interface ...
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Find or fabricate a metal bracket for bicycle trailer

Just because the trailer hitch is intended for an axle mount doesn't mean that's your only solution. I'd consider a steel bracket that clamps around both the chain and seat stay, providing a flat ...
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Quick release cannot be tightened

Sounds like the thread of your skewer and/or the end nut is stripped ... as an emergency measure you could try inserting a slotted washer (see below) under the nut so that the QR can be tightened ...
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Tacx QR Skewer Alterantives

Garmin is the vendor for the Tacx brand. Although the Tacx Blue trainer has been discontinued, Garmin still sells other trainers and offers a "universal quick release" part number T1402 on ...
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Can the trainer damage my bike's skewer?

To elaborate a bit on the other answer, your current's skewer's nut is plastic. I assume that the skewer's lever is also plastic. Clamping the skewer inside the trainer will scratch the plastic on ...
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How to remove this skewer? A security feature?

Based on the photo you've included it looks like a Pitlock skewer (article #P050000). If you have not noticed yet, these are used as a lock to prevent unauthorized wheel removal. To remove these you ...
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How to remove this skewer? A security feature?

I have to deal with these security skewers from time to time because people forget they are on there, lose the key, sell the bike, lend the bike to someone and don't tell them about the stupid skewer -...
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I can't find my skewer that came with the trainer. Can I use my bike skewer?

Depends on the trainer. If the trainer had a special skewers that had ends shaped specifically to fit in the trainer, you can't use a standard skewer. The trainer will not hold the bike properly. The ...
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I can't find my skewer that came with the trainer. Can I use my bike skewer?

I wouldn't. You'll damage the skewer you have, which will make it unreliable on the road, if not unusable. Basic skewers with plastic on the nut will certainly be damaged, the plastic gets crushed ...
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Replacing rear solid axle with skewer

As you have observed your bike has a threaded, solid axle. The wheel is fixed in the frame with a nut on each end of the axle. The Fluid 2 trainer is designed for wheels with a standard quick release ...
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Locking Skewer slipping from rear wheel dropout

In my experience this is a problem with all such products. I use Pitlocks on my bikes and while they have slightly more corrugated interiors, they still slip. I have once sent a bike to be serviced ...
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How can I add an additional freewheel to the existing solid bicycle axle?

Firstly a quick correction - the freewheel is attached to the hub of the wheel, not the axle. Your axle stays still relative to the frame, and the wheel revolves around the axle on bearings.Upshot,...
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Why am I breaking Pitlock spring washers so frequently?

There is a reason why these washers break so often. I have only used 2 pitlocks for one wheel pair - and already broken both: but I discovered why and can share it with you. I think the problem occurs ...
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Why am I breaking Pitlock spring washers so frequently?

I encountered the same thing with them and had the same experience of it being maddening and inexplicable. Don't go too far with installing them looser; one thing I did learn is that Pitlocks are ...
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Wheels don't move freely after installing pinhead skewers

Are you sure you didn't overtighten the pinheads? They caution you against using any sort of tool to gain leverage. They should only be as tight as quick releases.
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Bike axle block/reverse chain tug?

In the days when bicycles with shifters didn't have vertical rear dropouts but forward facing horizontal ones such as the one in the picture, quick releases were in use and the wheels normally stayed ...
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Bike axle block/reverse chain tug?

Nearly all mountain bikes from early 1990's to early 2010s (which is 2 decades) and even now many low cost bikes, use Hollow axle QR on an open dropout without any concern. Sure the opening faces down,...
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Replacing rear solid axle with skewer

I went through the same thing. It was an easy set-up with my Giant TCR which has a skewer. BUT, I'm setting up a second system for my kids and husband's bike which are solid axle. My advice...KEEP ...
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Replacing rear solid axle with skewer

This is not an easy swap. It would be easier to buy a wheel and freewheel and swap the tire. As Swifty points out in comments - it's a great convenience to have a turbo tire and wheel to swap in when ...
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Can I replace a quick release skewer by something that needs a wrench to open?

If you are absolutely convinced that nutted axle is what you need, it is possible with some but not all QR hubs. The first step is to find the exploded view diagram of the hub or disassemble it if you ...
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