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    Bent Skewer

    In overhauling the rear hub today, I noticed that the skewer was slightly bent. I figure that that is not a problem. I'd like to keep it since it's the original Campagnolo part that came with my 1991 Bottecchia.

    Should I replace it?

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    How bent is "bent"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    How bent is "bent"?
    I'm wondering if it's even actually bent. Because it would be retardedly hard to get a skewer in even if it's bent by a minor amount. Unless the OP actually meant the axle.
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    I bent the skewer on an old mailard hub, its bent at maybe like a 5-10 degree angle right around where the skewer leaves the axle (on the acorn side) I did however bend the axle which was the cause I replaced the axle and I still use the QR, shouldn't matter as its not a moving part and i've never had any problems with mine
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    I would not worry about it. You can straighten out your existing skewer in a vise , plus it is from a time period when steel was steel, not junk. Check the axle and the frame dropouts, to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksbike View Post
    I would not worry about it. You can straighten out your existing skewer in a vise , plus it is from a time period when steel was steel, not junk. Check the axle and the frame dropouts, to be sure.
    What he said, just be careful not to wreck the threads in the vise, that gets frustrating quickly.

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    Be sure to bend it back only enough to be straight. Don't overdo it or you'll weaken it severely.

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    even if the OP terminology is correct I think it is hard to have a bent skewer without a bent axle. I would test the axle with another skewer to ensure it inserts without resestance. repairing/replacing a bent skewer is a waste of time and effort is the axle is bent.
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    yup the only time i have seen a bent skewer was from a broken axle on a freewheel hub. and i would just get a new skewer

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    Quote Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
    In overhauling the rear hub today, I noticed that the skewer was slightly bent. I figure that that is not a problem. I'd like to keep it since it's the original Campagnolo part that came with my 1991 Bottecchia.

    Should I replace it?
    I'm thinking the skewer is probably OK. I've ben thinking of what could cause it to bend. Until you figure that out straightening or replacing the skewer is futile. If it was my bike, I'd be looking for a shop that has the necessary gauge to make sure your dropouts are parallel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    I'm wondering if it's even actually bent. Because it would be retardedly hard to get a skewer in even if it's bent by a minor amount. Unless the OP actually meant the axle.
    Bent skewers usually happen when the wheel is removed from the bike and the projecting end of the skewer gets whacked. It's trivial to straighten such damage.

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    You can sraighten it without concen,but I would check the axle to be sure it is not bent.

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    JohnDThompson is certainly on the money in respect to an Ebay Trek 820 that arrived recently. It was pitifully packed and the skewer was dinged when the box was crushed a bit.I had a spare, so I haven't bothered straightening it yet.

    Yep, they get bent-and even bent you can manage to stuff them back thru the axle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    How bent is "bent"?
    Just enough that it sticks a little when I pull it out of the hub, like A. Winthrop's. I can just notice it when I hold it up and turn it. Sounds like it should be OK, thanks for the advice.
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    When you tighten the QR, the tension on it will tend to straighten it.

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