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Bikes: Bosomworth '84, Morrison Pursuit, Tarini Prima & Firenza, Miyata 710 '86, Fuji Finest '82?
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The cones that form the outside of a loose ball bearing race are screwed onto the axle, adjusted to hold the wheel steady, and locked in place with a nut outside them. (this needs a special wrench, a bit of patienceand you need to look up how to set tension, it is not obvious).
If you have cartridge bearings you may have spacers with dust cover flanges, which just sit there.
The springs on the quick-release do not apply pressure, they are just to keep the QR centred while loose, which makes it easier to installthe wheel.
The QR applies pressure around the edges, it has a hollow in which the coiled spring sits.