Bicycle Mechanics - Super dumb question
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09-05-08, 11:10 PM
So I just got a bike today... my last bike, a Bianchi Ospry, had quick release on the front and read wheel. but the Novara Big Buzz has these weird things that I had never seen... It has a hole for an allen wrench which loosens everything up... i figured that out easy enough, but when I was putting the wheel back on I wondered if i was doing it right, I mean, which side do I turn more? the side with the hole or the side that you can finger tighten? I have disc brakes so if i tighten one side too much does it pull the discs too close to the caliper? I don't know if I am making any sense... but just wanna be sure I am putting it on correctly...
09-06-08, 12:00 AM
Pictures? You've got my curiosity up to a buzz as well.... :D
09-06-08, 12:16 AM
Those are allen head skewers. Crank them good and tight with an allen wrench, the hub determines the wheel's position in the dropouts not the skewer. If it is sold as a commuting bike, they are on there for security, to make it harder to steal your wheels. I use the same skewers on my Monocog instead of a regular bolt on wheel so I don't need to carry a 15mm wrench, just a regular multitool.
09-06-08, 01:29 PM
Awesome! Thanks... So just crank them down? I can do that!
09-06-08, 09:06 PM
Where is the allen-key hole located? If it's on the side of the button, they operate just like quick-release skewers once you stick an L-shaped allen-key into them (short-end into the skewer). However, if the allen-head was on the end of the skewer, then they are just like axle-nuts and should be tightened with more force.
09-06-08, 09:15 PM
They are on the end. But we all are in agreement that i just need to crank them down and not worry about if the disc in in the correct position in the caliper?
09-06-08, 11:16 PM
Well... you'll want to really crank down the nuts then. Depending upon the positioning of the caliper-mount, the braking action can push the wheel up into the dropouts (good design), or push it out of the dropouts (bad design). Hopefully you have lawyer-lips on the tips of the fork so if the wheel slips, it would fall out completely.
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