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    Front Tire Quick Release Help Needed

    I have received a Motobecane from bikesdirect and was going to do some of the assembly myself but was puzzled at the first step, putting on the front tire. I have had no experience with bikes for 25 years. The instructions are general and of no assistance. When I slip the fork down over the tire the prongs come to rest on threads and I know that won't do, to ride on threads. I stick the release rod through and secure it, placing the little springs on either side but hey, there's something, probably very obvious to the bike mechanic, that I'm just not understanding. Can anybody walk me thorugh this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullbarrel
    I have received a Motobecane from bikesdirect and was going to do some of the assembly myself but was puzzled at the first step, putting on the front tire. I have had no experience with bikes for 25 years. The instructions are general and of no assistance. When I slip the fork down over the tire the prongs come to rest on threads and I know that won't do, to ride on threads. I stick the release rod through and secure it, placing the little springs on either side but hey, there's something, probably very obvious to the bike mechanic, that I'm just not understanding. Can anybody walk me thorugh this?
    You should have gotten instructions on to use a quick release. Call Bikesdirect and let them know that a lawer will be on their case if your ignorance causes injury or death. There is no problem with the threads of the hub contacting the fork dropouts.It's supposed to be that way.

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    well sydney, as a recompense they were supposed to send me bottle, rack, and computer and suddenly they would not answer email. I guess I was taking a sledge hammer to a gnat but I brought a lot down on them and infoed motobecame usa. The stuff then came priority today. But isn't the riding pressure of the fork on the thread going to ruin it? Sign me ignorance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullbarrel
    But isn't the riding pressure of the fork on the thread going to ruin it? Sign me ignorance.
    Threaded axel against fork dropout is supposed to be that way . Only time it isn't that way is with many cartridge bearing hubs that don't have a threaded axel.
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    You don't need the portion of the threads that is contacted by the fork dropout. You only need the threads outside of the fork dropouts to tighten the nut. So don't worry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ofofhy
    You don't need the portion of the threads that is contacted by the fork dropout. You only need the threads outside of the fork dropouts to tighten the nut. So don't worry.
    It's got a quick release.There are no nuts. Even with nuts the threads contact the dropouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sydney
    It's got a quick release.There are no nuts. Even with nuts the threads contact the dropouts.
    There is a nut on the non-lever side of the QR, no???
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    Actually, the fork dropouts do rest right on the axle threads. It doesn't cause any problem.

    To tighten the quick release, hold the QR lever parallel to the axle and tighten the nut on the opposite side until it is just finger tight. It normally takes about 5 full turns to take up the clearance that is made necessary by the "lawyer lips" on your fork. Then push the QR lever in with your hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ofofhy
    There is a nut on the non-lever side of the QR, no???
    Oh yeah.The quick release nut. Not that what you said was any clearer than mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sydney
    Oh yeah.The quick release nut. Not that what you said was any clearer than mud.
    You're right. It got kind of muddled in a bunch of other stuff going in my head.
    Last edited by ofofhy; 04-18-05 at 06:35 PM.
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    Thanks. Muddled or not it's making sense. I do think it's fundamentally wrong resting on those threads but looks like it's supposed to be that way. I don't like the quick release, it's weaker and allows a quicker theft of the wheel. It got started under racing conditions I understand, and I'm no racer. I am anxious to try out the Taiwan Motobecane. I see it knocked and praised on threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullbarrel
    I don't like the quick release, it's weaker and allows a quicker theft of the wheel.
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