Tandem Cycling - why no rear QR?
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my burley duet has a QR front, but a nutted rear wheel. why is this? should i pack a wrench for a long tour?
05-22-08, 06:41 PM
The original hub on our Burley Duet didn't have QR. Mostly a cost issue.
Also a durability issue. If it's the same era as ours (1994) it had a freewheel instead of a cassette. A tandem hub with a freewheel is more prone to break an axel than a freehub with a cassette, due to the spacing of the bearings. And make the axel hollow for the QR and it get's worse, particularly if its not a high quality (i.e expensive hub.)
We eventually replaced ours with a cassette hub, after breaking an axel.
And if you ride farther than you're willing to walk you do need to carry a 15mm wrench, or a small adjutable wrench. We used the original Cool Tool,and it worked well.
05-22-08, 08:31 PM
Agree, older Duets did not have QR on rear wheel. Whether you are on tour or not, you need to carry the appropriate tool to remove axle nuts in case of a rear flat or other wheel issues.
'Be Prepared . . . 'old Boyscout motto!
Thanks! i'm busy thinking of all the things that could go wrong on the GOBA. plenty o' space for a wrench in the rack trunk, and what's another 3 oz, right?
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