Originally Posted by bhill
Hi my bike doesn't have quick release tires, so is there a way to fix them up to make them quick release?
First do you need quick release wheels? To some folks these are a cachet(ego) item. "Better bikes have them so I need them too."
- Some types of racks hold the bike by the front fork (Not a fan, you can use your imagination as to why)
- They allow faster replacement of tubes / tires. (save 30 seconds)
- They don't need a wrench (but if you have a spare tube, where are you carrying it? carry a wrench too)
- All the good bikes have them.
- It easy to pull the wheels off (even if you're not the owner)
- They cost more money
- Solid axles are stronger (not really an issue unless your really pounding your bike, like stunt bikes, bmx)
You could but new wheels that have QR (Quick Release) hubs
You could pay the LBS to install hollow axles and skewers
You can change them yourself if you're a bit mechanically inclined. Procedure is the same as servicing your hubs (some new grease and bearings at the same time is a good idea) Take the axles and bearing to the LBS (Local Bike Shop) to match up sizes.
check into Hubs and Freehub
If this is a fairly inexpensive bike you might discover that races (the area where the ball bearing run) are worn and probably not replaceable.
Last edited by dcullen; 08-05-08 at 09:28 PM.