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Did I break my quick release?

Old 01-25-23, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by smd4
What kind of bike is it? Brand/model? If you're using the QR correctly, it sounds like there might be some kind of retainer to keep the wheel from dropping out, even with the QR loosened. If these lips, located at the bottom edge of the fork blade dropouts, weren't there, you should just be able to open the QR and have the wheel simply drop out of the fork--no loosening of the nut necessary (and once properly adjusted, the nuts don't ever have to be turned again). Some call them "lawyer lips" because they prevent the wheel from falling out of the fork even if the QR inadvertently comes open--thereby preventing future lawsuits resulting from such an occurrence.

If these retainers aren't there, then the QR may have been incorrectly used, as suggested above, like a big wingnut to screw down until "tightened."
no, there's no lips or anything like that. the corrosion probably started too close to the inner portion so it wasn't loosened enough.
it's a mountain bike - specialized stumpjumper
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Old 01-25-23, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by 808bikes
no, there's no lips or anything like that. the corrosion probably started too close to the inner portion so it wasn't loosened enough.
it's a mountain bike - specialized stumpjumper
Huh. Then it sounds like the QR was just twisted on tight. When you get a new one, play around with it to understand how the cam action works. You'll be glad you have quick releases.
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Old 01-25-23, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by 808bikes
I'll probably just replace the skewer and nut.
If the skewer rod is steel (most are) and isn't horribly badly corroded/rusted, as noted above you likely only need a new acorn nut.

Sunlite sells replacement chromed steel acorn nuts that are very similar to early-1990s era Shimano chromed acorn nuts. A 2-pack will set you back around $12.

Or your LBS may have a decent one they'll sell you cheap. They may even simply give you one if you've done a fair amount of business with them in the past or if the guy in charge is feeling good the day you go there.

Some acorn nuts have plastic outer shells with steel inserts. These work (the steel insert has teeth that grip the dropout as well as steel threads), and are lighter. But the chromed steel version are IMO worth the extra weight. They're more durable.

That said, I've also picked up pairs (F/R) of new Shimano internal cam skewers for around $20. These are great, and IMO are both a fine design (clamp better) as well as being reasonably priced for what you get.

Best of luck getting this fixed and the bike back on the road.

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