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Old 08-05-08, 07:37 PM   #1
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Quick Release Tires

Hi my bike doesn't have quick release tires, so is there a way to fix them up to make them quick release?
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Old 08-05-08, 07:40 PM   #2
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are we talking quick release tires or quick release wheels? cuz i'm pretty sure there's no such thing as quick release tires. on the other hand, if you want quick release wheels, all you have to do is buy quick release skewers.
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quick release tires? U mean... The wheels you have in the bicycle do not have Quick Releases?

Two solutions, get a new wheel set with Quick Releases in them. Second solution, change the axles for hollow axles so you can use quick releases skewers with them.
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I think you're referring to quick release devices for the wheels... instead of hub axle bolts and nuts.

You can buy a pair of these... they're almost universally called "quick release skewers."

Check with your local bike shop, or go online (oooh, you're online already, how convenient!) and check Performancebike.com or Nashbar.com.

A pair of skewers won't cost you much at all. Short one goes on front, the much longer one on the rear. Adjust the tension so that when you close the sketwer cam it clamps the wheel in place tightly... but not so tight that you can't pull it open with just your fingers.
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Wait-wait. We all know how hard is to mount those tires, I want a quick release tire too!!!
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quick release tires? U mean... The wheels you have in the bicycle do not have Quick Releases?

Two solutions, get a new wheel set with Quick Releases in them. Second solution, change the axles for hollow axles so you can use quick releases skewers with them.
That's the answer, new wheels ($$$) or new hollow axles and skewers ($ to $$). Fronts are usually easy to change-over, rears can be trickier because there is not a standard configuration (Freehubs of various mfg. or freewheels) You need an axle of the proper length with the correct threading for the bearing races(cones)
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I think you're referring to quick release devices for the wheels... instead of hub axle bolts and nuts.

You can buy a pair of these... they're almost universally called "quick release skewers."

Check with your local bike shop, or go online (oooh, you're online already, how convenient!) and check Performancebike.com or Nashbar.com.

A pair of skewers won't cost you much at all. Short one goes on front, the much longer one on the rear. Adjust the tension so that when you close the sketwer cam it clamps the wheel in place tightly... but not so tight that you can't pull it open with just your fingers.
Not so fast for you and jch3n, you need hollow axles too. If he has nutted axles they wont be hollow. SO he needs axles and skewers to match his hubs.
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Hi my bike doesn't have quick release tires, so is there a way to fix them up to make them quick release?
Bhill

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."

Pros:
  • 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.

Cons:
  • 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.
See http://www.parktool.com/repair/byreg...ageField2.y=13 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.


Good luck

Doug

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Thanks alot for the help guys, and oh sorry I meant quick release wheels not tires. But yeah I need quick release tires because they're required for my team at school. And again thanks for the help, I appreciate it!
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