surly old man
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Carlisle, PA
Bikes: IRO Mark V, Karate Monkey half fat, Trek 620 IGH, Cannondale 26/24 MTB, Amp Research B3, and more.
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1. Any bike that is not a s++twagon has qr's today as an echo effect of the 70's bike boom. When bikes started flooding the market many of them were complete junk. As the market started to stabilize, many bikes would come with various racing features so that buyers would know they were not junk. A lot of aluminum started appearing, for example. QR were part of this movement. Many of these trickle-downs were a boon to the casual bikes. QR'S always struck me as not really the most useful of these. If the clock is ticking in a race, they are fantastic. If not, then they seem to me to be an unnecessary complication at a place that I would prefer uncomprimised strength.
2. Any LBS will sell replacement skewers that have allen heads on them (or maybe other, even sneakier heads?). I can't remember the brand names of the things, but I seem to recall there were some very inexpensive ones.
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