Bicycle Mechanics - Trimming skewers?
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I have some Ti skewers that are too long and stick out beyond the caps. I need to take 8mm off the front and 5mm off the back.
The plan is vice and hacksaw. Any other considerations? Will the threads be OK if I just use the hacksaw?
02-24-11, 12:44 PM
I suggest threading a nut onto them inboard of where you'll cut. Then cut them, clean up the end with a file, and clamp the nut into the vise enough to ovalize it slightly so it's offering a little resistance as you back the skewer out of it. This should result in a nice lead-in thread.
Typical ti skewers are 5mm x 0.8mm, a common thread for bike parts, so hopefully you've got a couple 5x0.8 nuts laying around.
Personally, I'd recommend that you thread some nuts on it, hold the nuts in a vise, and use a cutoff wheel in a Dremel. Then really carefully clean up the threads with a small file and use a wire brush wheel in the Dremel to put the finishing touches on it. But I'd use a threading die to clean up the threads since I have one.
02-24-11, 02:00 PM
As Looigi stated, steel QR nut you don't mind wasting inboard. Dremel/RotoZip with cutting wheel....round the end with a small file...remove steel QR nut.
Thread cleaning is not really necessary - however you'll want to find a Sharpie that matches the skewer color and "paint" the end so it doesn't visibly stick out like a sore thumb.
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