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    Retro-nerd georgiaboy's Avatar
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    How much tension on the quick release?

    When I install my wheels using the quick release the tension is snug but night overly tight. Meaning that the lever locks over firm but I am careful not make it too hard a fasten.

    This has worked well for me I have never had a problem.

    Just looking for comments concerning how tight the quick release should be applied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy
    When I install my wheels using the quick release the tension is snug but night overly tight. Meaning that the lever locks over firm but I am careful not make it too hard a fasten.

    This has worked well for me I have never had a problem.

    Just looking for comments concerning how tight the quick release should be applied.
    Don't really know how you'd accurately guage how tight it is....

    I did find that over-tightening the skewer on my Tiagra rear hub results in a clanking noise on each pedal stroke that sounds and feels like a bottom bracket noise, so I'm careful not to over-do it.

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    I started a thread about this a while back asking hte same question. I got some good replies, try a search.
    I think its either Barnetts or Park tools that says it should be tight enough that tension starts when the lever is at 180 degrees
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    When you're done 10,000's of em like me then you just "get a feel"

    Rules of thumb:
    - tension starts roughly when the lever sticks straight out from the axle
    - after you push the lever through the final 90° or so you should see an imprint of the lever on your palm
    - after tightening the lever should never be hard to open (it should be firm but not difficult).

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    Awesome. This thread made me want to contribute what little I know and join this forum--hey dudes.

    About your quick release, what I've heard (and do myself) is to press it closed with the palm of your hand with enough force so that it leaves a mark for a few seconds. But I guess that in itself is debatable...since you could have giant callouses or really sensitive palms or whatnot and be off by a bit. I don't think it's an exact science.

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    I also subscribed to the "palm imprint" guideline until I got the "feel" for it.
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