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Clips that hold the front wheel to the fork. WHY?

Old 06-03-19, 05:52 AM
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Originally Posted by well biked View Post
Nothing says "old Schwinn" like those tabs. I've put a few miles on Schwinns, I kinda like those tabs.


Of all the front wheel retention devices out there, those Schwinn tabs are probably the best. All the other ones require unscrewing the quick release significantly to get past the retention mechanism and then tediously re-screwing back to the proper place when mounting the wheel, which largely obviates the whole idea of having a quick release wheel. With the Schwinn mechanism, you just flip the QR lever, press the tabs inward, and the wheel drops out. Re-mounting the wheel is the same operation in reverse.
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Old 06-04-19, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
Those axle-clips came about around the time wing-nuts were used to attach the axle to the fork. This was pre-QR era and the lock wasn't as strong as nuts tightened with a wrench. Those clips really did serve a purpose back then. It was Campy who invented the QR after trying to use wing-nuts in the icy winter cold with frozen hands. When you can barely turn a wing-nut, much less tighten it, the clips serve a very real functional purpose.
Don't think so. Brilando's patent was applied for in 1976, and granted in 1978. The heydey of wingnuts was in the 30 to the 50s.

nlerner posted a pic on BF of his 1950s Raleigh Clubman in 2010:


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