Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area - Can I put quick release skewers on a Fuji track?
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02-24-07, 04:01 PM
Instead of carrying wrenches, can I install quick release skewers? I don't race, I just tool/commute on my fixie.
02-24-07, 07:15 PM
02-25-07, 11:40 AM
When I first got my track bike it had a rear quick release which broke within about an hour of riding. Replaced it and then it broke again within a day. The skewer simply kept slipping in the frame/bending no matter how tight it was. It was a cheap hub but I wouldn't ride with a rear quick release on a fixie, although as far as I know many people do and the main reason for solid axles on fixed gear is safety on the track?? Maybe if your using standard non-horizontal dropouts it'l be ok? Make sure it's tight though!;)
02-26-07, 11:06 PM
personally I would think the cost of replacing the hubs/axels would outweigh any benefit.
I have also snapped 2 skewers on my geared bike
You'll need to get a pair of quick release axles and a pair of quick releases. The axles will have the same threading but be shorter (or you cut them to fit) so they are just slightly shorter than the distance between the outside surfaces of the track stay ends. Bicycle Research, I believe, has a huge number of such axles for around $12/axle -- just get the right diameter, threading, and length. Theirs are at least as good as the original ones that come in any hubs made; the quality is great. As for quick releases, on a fixed gear you need good ones, and Shimano Dura Ace are usually considered the best, followed closely by Salsa. Stay away from alloy or titanium QR's; you want sturdiness here. Cheap QR's tend not to grab as well and you need all the clamping power you can get. The front obviously isn't as big an issue, but you haven't solved your problem if you only address one wheel (if you have to remove a wheel every day to bring the bike into your apartment, your car, your workplace, that's a different matter).
If you are just riding the bike, you should be fine with quick releases. If you skid, you'll find you will still pull your rear wheel loose, and you also will tend to bend the hollow quick release axle over time. In other words, if you are into that kind of move on your bike, stick with regular nutted axles. Quick releases simply don't hold as well and the strength of the axle is compromised.
most fuji tracks have sealed bearing formula hubs you cannot just get any axle for them and switch the cones over. It's still possible but a bit more difficult. Look in the ss/fg forum for reports from people who have done it.
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