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    skewers

    my cc volos came without skewers. i have a lock for the front wheel. what should i use for the rear if i'm planning to race these at the drome?

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    Track wheels never use skewers - they use a threaded axle with track nuts.

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    I think there are track racing rules forbidding quick release skewers.

    The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!

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    yeah i know i can't use quick release. so do you think i can pick up axles for these http://www.canecreek.com/volos-track...er-wheels.html at my lbs?

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    Skewers are available that don't have QR levers , but are tightened with a 5mm Allen key. Might be the easy way to go.
    http://www.bikeman.com/content/view/1090/66/
    These are not QR and no referee should notice or have a problem with them. There are other less expensive ones out there, the Control Techs are just an example.

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    Any shop should have some of the alley-key skewers. They'll cost less than $10 and they'll fit your need perfectly.
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    the main cause of fit problems is riding your bike

    you should have just stopped riding so you could focus on color coordination

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonechilling View Post
    Any shop should have some of the alley-key skewers. They'll cost less than $10 and they'll fit your need perfectly.
    I did this before my last season of racing--put my bike on a diet with hollow axles and Ti 'slow releases.' They are OK for mass start racing but are not suitable for standing starts. If a kilo or pursuit is in your future, make arrangements to borrow a proper nutted rear wheel if you don't have one already.

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    thanks a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by melville View Post
    I did this before my last season of racing--put my bike on a diet with hollow axles and Ti 'slow releases.' They are OK for mass start racing but are not suitable for standing starts. If a kilo or pursuit is in your future, make arrangements to borrow a proper nutted rear wheel if you don't have one already.
    Good call, I wasn't really thinking about the rear wheel, only the front. A standard nutted track wheel is definitely a must.
    Quote Originally Posted by doofo View Post
    the main cause of fit problems is riding your bike

    you should have just stopped riding so you could focus on color coordination

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    Quote Originally Posted by melville View Post
    I did this before my last season of racing--put my bike on a diet with hollow axles and Ti 'slow releases.' They are OK for mass start racing but are not suitable for standing starts. ...
    I've been considering this path... Have you ever made one slip? Or just being careful?

    I'd personally probably use steel instead of Ti, but my assumption was that tight is tight, and if it won't slip on the road, why should it slip on the track?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    I've been considering this path... Have you ever made one slip? Or just being careful?

    I'd personally probably use steel instead of Ti, but my assumption was that tight is tight, and if it won't slip on the road, why should it slip on the track?
    I wouldn't use these on the road or mountain bike unless the bike had vertical drops. Big difference between screwing it on versus clamping it (like a conventional QR). Steel may get you better results. These were ControlTech Ti skewers. Make sure you've got enough thread to shorten the rear to match the 120mm hubs.

    Something I didn't try myself but I've seen done with hollow axles was tapping the inside of the axle to 6X1 and using Mavic track bolts. Make sure the threads in the axle are deep enough! Some hollow axles are 5.1mm, some are 5.3 or so and IIRC the right size hole when tapping to M6 is 5.0 mm.

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    How is it that you have a rear track wheel that uses a skewer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshi View Post
    How is it that you have a rear track wheel that uses a skewer?
    He didn't say it used a skewer. He said they came without. They are included with new wheels so he probably got them used and the seller kept them. Volos clinchers get used on the road a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
    He didn't say it used a skewer. He said they came without. They are included with new wheels so he probably got them used and the seller kept them. Volos clinchers get used on the road a lot.
    If someone says that got wheels that didn't come with skewers I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that the wheels use skewers. The volos wheels that get used on the road are road wheels not track wheels.

    So how did you end up with track wheels that use a skewer? Is it actually a volos road wheel that has been converted to a track wheel? Even then, how could you convert a freehub wheel to a track wheel without having the replace the axle?

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