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Originally Posted by alienx
Thanks. It just dawned on me, on thing that didn't sit right with me when I flipped the QR lever to the other side is it now points forward. The end of the lever that is. I like to keep the lever along the line of the fork and the tip of the lever used to point back toward the rear wheel.
I guess I could always remount the tire or take it to the bike shop and let them do it (a lot quicker!!).
It's quicker to remove the wheel, take it to a bike shop, wait for them remove and remount the tire, drive home and reinstall the wheel? Then you have to work half an hour to earn the 10 bucks or whatever they charge for the job? Seriously, and meaning no insult, you need to work on your skills. You should be able to remove and replace a tire in three or four minutes. Flat tires are so much a part of cycling that it's really hard to imagine not preparing for them by mastering this basic task.
As for the tire tread and direction, it has almost no importance on road tires. If it mattered, we wouldn't still be having debates about tread vs. smooth--the answer would be clear (actually it is--on dry pavement, tires with no tread at all work best. That's why race cars use slicks).
There is some custom involved here, though. It doesn't MATTER, but it's traditional that the hub be mounted so the logo looks right side up to the rider and the wheel and tire are mounted so their labels are read from the right side of the bike. The rear QR lever goes on the non-drive side of the bike, the front QR on the drive side. But there's no practical reason for it.
The quick release lever is infinitely adjustable, and can point any direction you want. It's not good to leave it pointing forward because if you ride through brush or something, or come up on another bike in a group, something can go between the lever and the bike. Then when you turn the wheel to move away, you flip the lever open and over the bars you go. Not likely, but I've seen it happen. Same in the back--if the lever points back, and another rider gets too close, his front wheel can slip in there and flip your lever open. Align the levers with the fork blade in front and between the chainstay and seatstay in back.
Last edited by Velo Dog; 09-03-09 at 08:44 AM.