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Old 04-12-14, 04:17 PM   #1
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Is Installing fender, rack, & trailer mounts all on the rear quick release unsafe?

Hampshire Bicycle Exchange Visit (LBS)

I went to my local bike shop & the owner, Will, had the SKS Raceblade long fenders and Axiom Streamliner DLX Rear Rack.

http://bit.ly/1jATF7M

http://bit.ly/1qR5aJa

He'd sell me both for ~$90.

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The Problem

Both the fenders and the rear rack attach to my Cannondale's rear quick release skewer.

Will mentioned that the skewer end caps might not be adequately threaded to the skewer threads because of the space the fender and rear rack mounts occupy. He also mentioned that adding extra space between the skewer end caps and the dropouts makes it more likely that the quick release skewer will fail to hold the wheel to the frame.

If I'm carrying my team's bike trailer, and I add both the SKS Raceblade Longs & Axiom Streamliner DLX Rear Rack via quick release skewer, then I would have THREE separate mounts between the quick release skewer end caps and the rear dropouts.

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Some questions:

1. Should I get a longer skewer to accommodate the fenders, rack, & trailer mounts?

2. Should I just attach the fenders & rack via P-clamps, and the trailer via quick release skewer?

3. Does adding space between the quick release end caps & the dropouts really cause the wheel to be more likely to fall off?
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Here's the Cannondale I'm planning to use. (The seat's slightly low in the picture).

It's missing a rack, panniers, fenders, a mirror, and, from my experience on a 40 mile ride, more comfortable grip tape and brake hoods.

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Bike as Whole:


Fork Dropouts:


Rear dropouts:


Seat Stays:


Front Fender Attachment:


Rear Quick Release:

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Some questions:

1. Should I get a longer skewer to accommodate the fenders, rack, & trailer mounts?
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2. Should I just attach the fenders & rack via P-clamps, and the trailer via quick release skewer?
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3. Does adding space between the quick release end caps & the dropouts really cause the wheel to be more likely to fall off?
The guy's reasoning is sound in theory but I don't know how much of a problem it'd actually be. I've seen pictures of where the skewer failed at the acorn nut but I don't know if it was because there wasn't enough threaded skewer inside.

I wouldn't have all those things on the skewer simply because it'd be a pain to remove and reinstall the wheel.
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I'd think about attaching the fender stays to one of the bolts on the bottom of the rack. If that can't be done, I'd forgo the fenders. Although I like fenders, a lot of us have toured without them. I really want a good solid mount for my rear wheel.

Even without a bunch of "stuff" between the skewer and the dropout, the rear wheel can be pulled out of alignment by the torque.

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That's a lot to put on a little skewer, and it does seem like it would be kinda sketchy in the dropout simply because all of those things getting clamped in don't have nice big flat points that will clamp equally all the way around. You're gonna have things coming off at different angles. I wouldn't do it.
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Changing a flat would be a nightmare. Can you get your hands on a bike designed for this kind of use?
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Changing a flat would be a nightmare. Can you get your hands on a bike designed for this kind of use?
Hm, nope. This a budget operation. Broke college student n' all!

So far my plan is to try and install the rear fender & rack via 4 p-clamps (2 for the rack, 2 for the fenders) on the seat stays & both rear fender & rack mounts on the rear brake threads.

I will probably ditch the trailer idea for now. Though if I really did need one, I could just install it and only it on the rear skewer; I'm thinking a used B o b Yak on Craigslist or eBay.
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