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Old 08-31-06, 05:38 PM   #1
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Properly using quick release?

My mid 70's road bike has quick release front wheel...Im not sure how one is supposed to use it? Me, I tighten it just enough to I can flip the thing over with effort, if i tighten it anymore its impossible to flip it over.
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Old 08-31-06, 05:43 PM   #2
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Quick release levers don't have to be set too tight.

The rule of thumb that I've learn't is that they should be adjusted so that the lever is parralel with the axle with NO effort. Then you close them. You may be damaging the mechanisim if they're set too tight.

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So turn it just until it starts resisting slightly, and then close it?
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er... mine has a ratchet, so does my mates, so I assume that they all come with a ratchet.

you leave the lever open, tighten the nut until you start hearing clicking, give it a turn for luck. then close the lever.

Voila! secured.
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The lever should start resisting movement at 90 degrees to the fork legs. Adjust the acorn nut on the other side accordingly.

http://www.bicyclinglife.com/HowTo/UseAQuickRelease.htm

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If you still are unsure how to use the quick release, any bike shop will be happy to show you. Losing a front wheel while riding will just ruin your whole afternoon. And a 70's bike probably doesn't have lawyer lips to save you if your front wheel is too loose.
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Turn the nut on the other side to remove or tighten the wheel, and just open and close the quick release lever itself. The old cliche is that the lever should be tight enough to leave an imprint on your palm when you close it.

If you don't know about him, the widely- and well-respected Sheldon Brown usually has an informative, helpful discussion of just about any cycling-related topic you could imagine. Here's what he has to say about quick-release levers: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/flats.html#quickrelease.

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Turn the nut on the other side to remove or tighten the wheel, and just open and close the quick release lever itself. The old cliche is that the lever should be tight enough to leave an imprint on your palm when you close it.

If you donn;t know about him, the widely- and well-respected Sheldon Brown usually has an informative, helpful discussion of just about any cycling-related topic you could imagine. Here's what he has to say about quick-release levers: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/flats.html#quickrelease.
not too big of an imprint...of course maybe the one for my seat has been used too many times or over-tightened too much but it just broke off in my hand 25 minutes ago....funny to stumble across this thread at this moment.
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Sheldon omits a third option - i forget the maker, i'm sure someone else here knows - i use a Ti skewer that tightens with an Allen wrench. I never liked having to worry about QRs, either in terms of their possibly loosening, or the added hassle of having to lock up the wheels or risk theft.
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