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    83 Schwinn Voyageur SP: Front hub brace that screws to inside of fork?

    I am perplexed to the point of this.

    I found a gem Schwinn and I am just now beginning to restore it. But as I took off the front wheel with its QR, I notice that it was also attached to the fork by way of a brace in between the hub bolts. The braces actually screw into the fork?

    Is this an original part and what's the point? Is it a theft deterrent? I can't imagine having to always carry around a phillips screw driver long enough to get at these things in case of a flat. I'd just as soon go buy a Pinhead Wheel Lock.

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    They're called lawyer lips.
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    The braces help to keep the wheel on if the rider forgets to secure the QR - Recommended by lawyers!

    The braces should have enough spring tension on them to just be captured by the Philips screw heads - they're not screwed down tight.
    - Auchen

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    They're called lawyer lips.
    So the added security was not theft but in "theory" keeping the wheel from falling off? Did they not trust QR then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    The braces help to keep the wheel on if the rider forgets to secure the QR - Recommended by lawyers!
    Wow. I am somewhat of a purist in many things, but I can't imagine many folks keeping these things on. Do most take them off here?

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    The didn't trust people to us the QR's properly.

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    But they trusted us to know what lawyer lips were for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundance89 View Post
    Wow. I am somewhat of a purist in many things, but I can't imagine many folks keeping these things on. Do most take them off here?
    The brace has an integrated washer with a flange on it - good luck finding a replacement washer. Alternatively I suppose you could get a new axle , but I would just get used to them. They do no harm.
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    Auchen, I just quickly went to your blogspot and was blown away. Are all of those vintage bikes yours and did you do the restoration?

    Very impressive.

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    You can take them off.

    I'm surprised there aren't more stringent safety mechanisms for front wheels. Of all the products out there I cant think of many that have more potential for death due to mis-assembly. As simple as a QR is there is fundamental design flaw to the design if so many consumers have issues with them.
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