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Old 05-16-12, 08:55 PM   #1
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New skewers on a budget--what do you recommend?

Basically, the open-cam A-Class skewers that came with my bike are pieces of ****. I'd like the ability to use my trainer with a new set of skewers. I can spend up to $25 on a set of skewers. The lighter they are, the better, but I am not willing to sacrifice weight for durability and strength. I am not opposed to buying on ebay. Thanks!

Btw, rear spacing is 130mm.

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You Have to get out more, I'd say ..
Visit your Local Bike Shop.. The one here is typical, I expect.
there is a drawer full of skewers ,
left over from replacing Damaged wheels ..

with new ones that came with a new QR skewer.

The leftovers, likely one of those, would be dirt cheap.
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Get Shimano steel skewers. 50-100g heavier (per pair) than the lightweight exposed cam aluminum junk, but well worth the extra weight because, well, they work! LBS here sold me one for $6 I think, so a pair should be well within your $25 budget.

I'm not suggesting you buy these old ones, but you get the idea: http://www.ebay.com/itm/3x-Shimano-w...item3cbdcceec7
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You Have to get out more, I'd say ..
Visit your Local Bike Shop.. The one here is typical, I expect.
there is a drawer full of skewers ,
left over from replacing Damaged wheels ..

with new ones that came with a new QR skewer.

The leftovers, likely one of those, would be dirt cheap.
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Get Shimano steel skewers. 50-100g heavier (per pair) than the lightweight exposed cam aluminum junk, but well worth the extra weight because, well, they work! LBS here sold me one for $6 I think, so a pair should be well within your $25 budget.

I'm not suggesting you buy these old ones, but you get the idea: http://www.ebay.com/itm/3x-Shimano-w...item3cbdcceec7
I'll head down to the LBS this weekend and see what they have. If they don't have anything good, I'll ebay some. I like shimano's newer skewer design.
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I still like Tulio <C>'s original designs. Hoarded some extras.

though the commuter, I'm using an allen bolt skewer
1 from Schmidt, shipped with the Dyno Hub
the other one similar , in 135 width to secure the speedhub.
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Olde campy skewers rule the universe. I run my '80s ones on 130mm rear ends (even though they're made for 126mm) just fine.
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I'll head down to the LBS this weekend and see what they have. If they don't have anything good, I'll ebay some. I like shimano's newer skewer design.
Careful, those don't work with some trainers. Mrs. Fred and I have both had to swap our Shimano skewers for cheap steel in order to use our cycleops trainers.
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If you want light skewers that work well, you might consider allen skewers. My 4mm ones work a treat.

I cut a key down to like 1x2.5", brazed a washer on the end, and put it on my keyring. Sweet.
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What trainer do you have? I use the one provided by kinetic on my rock and roll http://www.amazon.com/Kinetic-Rear-S..._sim_sbs_sg_38
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with new ones that came with a new QR skewer.

I cant see the picture you posted.
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Basically, the open-cam A-Class skewers that came with my bike are pieces of ****. I'd like the ability to use my trainer with a new set of skewers. I can spend up to $25 on a set of skewers. The lighter they are, the better, but I am not willing to sacrifice weight for durability and strength. I am not opposed to buying on ebay. Thanks!

Btw, rear spacing is 130mm.
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I have been hoarding old Shimano and Campy skewers for a good long time.
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I have been hoarding old Shimano and Campy skewers for a good long time.
This is exactly what I'd be doing, if I and my allen keyring hadn't kissed QR levers goodbye.

I love the allen skewers. They're pure effing win.
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This is exactly what I'd be doing, if I and my allen keyring hadn't kissed QR levers goodbye.

I love the allen skewers. They're pure effing win.
What kind, exactly? I have one allen QR but one side I have to hold with my fingers, making it impossible to get the thing tight enough. I suppose I could hold it with a pliers but then I'd rather just use a regular QR.
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What kind, exactly? I have one allen QR but one side I have to hold with my fingers, making it impossible to get the thing tight enough. I suppose I could hold it with a pliers but then I'd rather just use a regular QR.
I have a pair of older Wheels Manufacturing Ti Allen skewers and they came with a knurled nut for the non Allen side that's very easy to grab with the fingers.
Of course, if you happen to have an orphan QR nut with an easy to grab surface you could use that too for the threads are the same.
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What kind, exactly? I have one allen QR but one side I have to hold with my fingers, making it impossible to get the thing tight enough. I suppose I could hold it with a pliers but then I'd rather just use a regular QR.
No idea what brand, sorry.

But what you describe makes me think you may have damaged the thread in the nut; if you gall the aluminium thread, it can cause this problem. You should easily have more friction where the nut meets the dropout than in the thread. I only need to hold mine until it only just starts to clamp.

Those threads need grease. Once they get damaged, they'll keep getting worse until they strip.
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