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Old 04-24-11, 02:56 PM   #1
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LOL, I always do something dumb - lost quick release lever spring - big deal?

Lets just say it is gone. I know where it is, but - its gone.

It was on the front wheel- I still have one spring. I reclamped the wheel, seems to work the same. Is it safe to ride?

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yes safe to ride ,but should be replace. just go to your lbs ,it be less a buck.
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Doesn't affect clamping or safety. The only reason it exists is to center the skewer when loose to ease removal/installation of the wheel. If it annoys you enough then get a replacement but the wheel is fine without them.
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The conical springs have nothing to do with the holding function of the quick release. They center the skewer so it's easier to slip the wheel back on. Without the springs the skewer will flop back and forth and make a pest of itself as the ends bump your dropouts until the wheel is in.

QR conical springs are cheap, and you can possibly get one free if you ask the local ship while making another purchase, otherwise expect to pay a dollar or so.

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