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    Bolt on conversion to QR?

    This is strange but I know absolutely nothing about what it takes to convert a bolt on wheel to quick release. I'll trust my luck to 50+ before I'll surrender this post the the mechanics.

    Mrs. Maxx's Jamis Earth Cruiser needs the conversion so that we may explore different bike racks.

    Having just had my second hitch rack blown away by another car it may be time for me to think about a rooftop rack.

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    You're going to need a hollow axle that is the same size as the original, and a quick release skewer.

    It will involve removing the old axle, unscrewing the cones, lock nuts, and washers, screwing it all onto the new axle exactly as it was. While it's apart it would be wise to clean the old grease, replace the bearing balls and add new grease.

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    It's an easy job, one you could do yourself or which would cost peanuts if you paid the lbs to do it.

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    Keep in mind, that's 2 more items you need to lock. Had my rear wheel stolen while at the library!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis
    You're going to need a hollow axle that is the same size as the original, and a quick release skewer.

    It will involve removing the old axle, unscrewing the cones, lock nuts, and washers, screwing it all onto the new axle exactly as it was. While it's apart it would be wise to clean the old grease, replace the bearing balls and add new grease.
    Unfortunately, it's not quite that easy.

    Besides finding an axle that's the same diameter and exactly the right length, it also has to have the same thread. Most QR axles are going to be 1mm thread and most solid axles will be 26tpi. That's just enough difference in threads to keep your existing cones and locknuts from working. Forget about just also replacing the cones because then you'll have issues with where the cones pass through the dust cover. Bottom line is you'll probably have to buy a new axle just for that purchase rather than salvaging an axle from another hub. Figure $12.00 to $20.00 per axle not counting the QR lever at $10.00 and up.

    Front axles are sometimes impossible to do because a lot of solid front axles are a smaller diameter and you won't be able to get a hollow QR axle that size.

    It's do-able, but it's probably going to cost more than you think.

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    Thanks for the info. I'm going to have to do some measuring (and then comes the hard part, finding where to buy the appropriate axle.) The problem may be solved anyway as the new bike rack is going to be the Hollywood sport rider which takes the bikes with the wheels still on.

    For those of you who carry multiple bikes, beware of the beach cruiser style of bike. It sticks out in places that your other bikes have places.

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