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Old 09-06-05, 11:23 AM   #1
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Good thing I took the turns slow.

A while ago, I read on sheldon's site that some bikes had "cups" for the QR, so that if you accidentally left it unlatched, the wheel would not fall out. "That's the stupidest thing ever!" I thought, for who would possibly leave their wheel un-clamped? Really, what kind of moron could ride 5 miles before realizing he didn't lock his wheel in, and only noticing then because there was excessive wobble when he mashed the pedals, leading him to believe he had broken ANOTHER axle?

On a completely unrelated note , my commuter has these "cups", and I think they're a darn good idea. You know, just in case.
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hahaha. I once did the same thing, I left the back QR unlatched, and when I stood up to pedal, the chain pulled the wheel out of the dropout and the back of the bike basically collapsed under me.
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It's a very good idea to go through a little "pre-flight" inspection before every ride. Make sure your skewers are tight. Make sure the brake pads are properly spaced from the rims and are not dragging or misaligned, the brake quick-releases are closed, and that the brake levers properly engage the brakes. Make sure the wheels are true. Make sure the handlebar swings freely through its entire arc. Make sure the derailers (and hangers) are not bent. If you're feeling meticulous, touch all your spokes to make sure none are loose. It only takes a minute, and it can save you a lot of grief later.

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Old 09-06-05, 01:49 PM   #4
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hahaha. I once did the same thing, I left the back QR unlatched, and when I stood up to pedal, the chain pulled the wheel out of the dropout and the back of the bike basically collapsed under me.
i've sadly done that multiple times. one time it happened right outside the plate-glass window of a barber shop. when i got back to my feet the barber and his customer were just standing there laughing
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Reminds me of when I was a boy (before they added those "cups") and I did a wheelie on my polo bike, only to watch the front wheel roll away without me! Going over the handlebars and landing face first in the gravel shoulder was not pleasant...
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I think there must be a gremlin out there whos sole purpose is to loosen wheel quick releases or axle nuts.
Prolly related to the one that keeps readjusting my saddle a little bit between rides.
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A while ago, I read on sheldon's site that some bikes had "cups" for the QR, so that if you accidentally left it unlatched, the wheel would not fall out.
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