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What is the correct way to loosen and tighten the quick release?

Old 06-17-16, 12:31 PM
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What is the correct way to loosen and tighten the quick release?

When I remove and put on a tire, am I supposed to just open and close the quick release and turn the bolt on the opposite side? Or should I be turning the QR lever and not mess with the bolt on the opposite side? (On 2 occasions, I have had my bike's back tire shift on me causing it to hit something on my bike. The one time it happened, I was on flat terrain and then went down a slope. I had the LBS look at it and he thought my QR became loose) I definitely want to avoid this from happening again! Thanks!

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Lots of YouTube videos that show how to tighten/loosen quick-release skewers:

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You don't touch the nut on the far side. If adjusted properly, you will turn the lever one way to loosen it for removal, and the other way will seat very tightly to the frame. If it doesn't go on tight, THEN you turn the nut inward, until the lever seats tightly.
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When you're tightening or loosening the threading, it doesn't really matter whether you're rotating the QR lever or the bolt.

Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch
You don't touch the nut on the far side. If adjusted properly, you will turn the lever one way to loosen it for removal, and the other way will seat very tightly to the frame.
If the dropouts have lawyer lips, there usually is no "proper adjustment" where rotation isn't necessary. If the QR is threaded on far enough to grip the dropout properly when closed, it's usually also far enough that it doesn't clear the lips when loosened.
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch
You don't touch the nut on the far side. If adjusted properly, you will turn the lever one way to loosen it for removal, and the other way will seat very tightly to the frame. If it doesn't go on tight, THEN you turn the nut inward, until the lever seats tightly.
Thanks, I have seen videos of people doing it that way as well as ones like this (Watch from 1:55):

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Front wheels have small tabs on the fork ends, to help keep the quick release from popping off the bike. (These are often called "lawyer lips") So, to remove the wheel, you have to turn the nut quite a bit. In the "old days", just flipping the lever was enough for either wheel, and so it would stay in adjustment pretty easily.

I thought the first video above was "okay", but it could be clearer.

The second video says the lever should start tightening at 90 degrees. She has it very, very tight, more than I would, and perhaps her lever needs more travel than mine does.
I just compared an older Campagnolo lever to my newer lever. The old lever definitely needs more travel, and it starts to clamp at 70-80 degrees, almost straight out.

1. Wheels on the ground, and the quick release loose. This way, the axle will set down into end of the fork or frame correctly. It's easy to be off center a little if you just push the wheel in and don't use gravity and the frame's weight to set it in place.

For the front wheel, I usually face the front of the bike and hold up the wheel between my knees. Some riders straddle the bike and lean over the bars.

2. I hold the lever side against the wheel, which pushes out the nut side, and turn the nut as needed. (You can spin the lever if you want, to get most of the looseness out, but I find it easier to hold the lever and turn the nut. You'll still need to fine-tune on the nut side anyway.)

On my quick releases, the lever needs to start clamping at about a 60-70 degree angle, or maybe a little more. So when the nut side is snug while I hold the lever at 70 degrees, I can tighten it down with the correct amount of force.
The lever has to go all the way in! If it's still sticking out a little when pressed tight, it'll come loose eventually.

Example of a 70 degree angle, where 90 degrees is straight out from the axle:


Clamping pressure:
Like the video shows, you want a slight mark on your palm from pressing the lever.
If it's too easy to press in, I tighten the nut a little more, and note the lever's angle for the next time I do it. Different quick releases need more or less angle to clamp down correctly.
If I can't press the lever in all the way, back out the nut and try again.

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Seat the axle with the nut and QR loose.
Close the QR lever (it should be very loose)
Tighten the nut until it's finger tight.
Open the QR lever
Tighten the nut about 1/4 to 1/2 turn
Close the QR lever - it should be at the proper tension, give or take.
Tighten or loosen as necessary from there.
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Good read here. I've wondered if I make QR lever to tight.
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Originally Posted by pvillemasher
Seat the axle with the nut and QR loose.
Close the QR lever (it should be very loose)
Tighten the nut until it's finger tight.
Open the QR lever
Tighten the nut about 1/4 to 1/2 turn
Close the QR lever - it should be at the proper tension, give or take.
Tighten or loosen as necessary from there.
This^^^ how i go about it and recommend if anyone asks my opinion. Is this really an issue for anyone? I know too tight can break stuff and too loose is dangerous but i dont know if this is an issue. Just never heard of anyone having problems. I am sure its happend though. Probably just jinxed myself
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