pan y agua
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem
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The original hub on our Burley Duet didn't have QR. Mostly a cost issue.
Also a durability issue. If it's the same era as ours (1994) it had a freewheel instead of a cassette. A tandem hub with a freewheel is more prone to break an axel than a freehub with a cassette, due to the spacing of the bearings. And make the axel hollow for the QR and it get's worse, particularly if its not a high quality (i.e expensive hub.)
We eventually replaced ours with a cassette hub, after breaking an axel.
And if you ride farther than you're willing to walk you do need to carry a 15mm wrench, or a small adjutable wrench. We used the original Cool Tool,and it worked well.