Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

safe to ride missing a spring on the rear skewer?

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

safe to ride missing a spring on the rear skewer?

Old 07-19-14, 07:45 AM
  #1  
Sullalto
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Cascadia
Posts: 1,206

Bikes: Jamis Quest Comp

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 168 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
safe to ride missing a spring on the rear skewer?

See thread title. Wind blew the cassette side spring away.when I was changing tubes.

Not a big deal, replace sooner than later,or absolutely replace before pedaling?

Thanks.
Sullalto is offline  
Old 07-19-14, 07:50 AM
  #2  
prathmann
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bay Area, Calif.
Posts: 7,243
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 657 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
The springs just help to hold the skewer centered in the axle for convenient positioning when you remount the wheel. But why did you completely unscrew the skewer and therefore drop a spring just to change a tube?
prathmann is offline  
Old 07-19-14, 08:59 AM
  #3  
WrightVanCleve
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Dayton OH
Posts: 95

Bikes: 2013 Trek One Series

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You could remove both and be fine. They don't do anything to hold the wheel in the bike, they just pop the skewer away from the wheel drops when you open the quick release.
WrightVanCleve is offline  
Old 07-19-14, 11:16 AM
  #4  
FBinNY 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Posts: 35,968

Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter

Mentioned: 122 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4346 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
+1

As noted above the conical springs don't help hold the wheel on, they're a convenience item keeping the skewer centered so mounting is a bit easier. Just about the only thing you can do wrong with the springs is to install them backward. The small end goes toward the axle and the big end is out. Reversed, the spring can slide over the end of the axle, and interfere with the fir into the dropout, or cause the wheel to mount slightly crooked.
__________________
FB
Chain-L site

An ounce of diagnosis is worth a pound of cure.

“Never argue with an idiot. He will only bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”, George Carlin

“One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions” - Adm Grace Murray Hopper - USN

WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance.
FBinNY is offline  
Old 07-19-14, 03:55 PM
  #5  
Sullalto
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Cascadia
Posts: 1,206

Bikes: Jamis Quest Comp

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 168 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanks y'all.

Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
The springs just help to hold the skewer centered in the axle for convenient positioning when you remount the wheel. But why did you completely unscrew the skewer and therefore drop a spring just to change a tube?
It never occurred to me to leave it on. I also have gimpy wrists, so I like to have things at a chosen height when working on them. Being able to take the rear wheel off easily is also sort of celebratory after my last bike being an IGH. Have to deal with rack and fenders, too.
Sullalto is offline  
Old 07-19-14, 09:20 PM
  #6  
Homebrew01
Super Moderator
 
Homebrew01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Posts: 21,105

Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 832 Post(s)
Liked 44 Times in 32 Posts
Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
But why did you completely unscrew the skewer and therefore drop a spring just to change a tube?
As noted, no reason to unscrew the skewer any more than the minimum to remove the wheel. I would expect a bike shop to have extras lying around they could sell you cheaply.
__________________
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike.

FYI: http://www.bikeforums.net/forum-sugg...ad-please.html
Homebrew01 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
JasonC
Road Cycling
19
03-09-09 11:39 PM
xcmcvey
Road Cycling
7
10-03-06 06:52 AM
sillygirl
Road Cycling
11
04-19-05 06:28 PM
krazyderek
Road Cycling
12
04-13-05 12:30 PM
brunning
Bicycle Mechanics
1
07-22-04 07:33 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.