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Someone Took My Quick Release Deelie!

Old 01-16-07, 06:42 PM
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Someone Took My Quick Release Deelie!

I came to my (cheap) bike today that I leave at the train station in the city where my friend lives. Someone appears to have stolen the front quick release mechanism (lever thing is gone and there is nothing at all holding front wheel in place), leaving the front wheel and the rest of the bike where it was (I had three locks keeping things in place). I don't care for quick release since I rarely remove a wheel, particularly on this bike since I don't often use it. It doesn't look so simple as putting bolts on the axel (the axel does not protrude from the fork so what do I need to do to render the bike usable again, as cheaply as possible? Please use the jargon sparingly, because 'wheel' is about as technical as I get when it comes to bikes!

You know, I would have been FINE with them taking the quick release wotzit if only they'd left it bolted on like a normal wheel. People can be so inconsiderate!!
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Old 01-16-07, 07:16 PM
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get a new skewer, that is the correct jargon--> skewer, wont cost much, and the front ones are usually pretty standard and will fit any bike
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Old 01-16-07, 07:58 PM
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I had that happen once, only I didn't notice right away, and crashed when I tried to jump a curb and my wheel came off. It sucks.

You can buy replacement skewers from nashbar that bolt on. http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...All%20Products

Ten bucks for a set of two.
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Old 01-16-07, 08:17 PM
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Get a bolt-on skewer instead of a quick-release. Thieves can't steal them.......unless they have a hex wrench.
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Old 01-17-07, 10:07 AM
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Get a replacement and take it with you?
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Old 01-17-07, 12:02 PM
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is a skewer that popular that people will just take them like that??
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Old 01-17-07, 02:20 PM
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Only when they want to watch someone wreck when they jump a curb
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Old 01-17-07, 02:39 PM
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Thanks for your quick help everyone. I'll look into it!
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Old 01-17-07, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by mtnbiktn
Only when they want to watch someone wreck when they jump a curb


I've seen them break before... certainly easier to swipe one than go to the bike shop and pay for one, right?
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Old 01-17-07, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by mtnbiktn
Only when they want to watch someone wreck when they jump a curb
omg, I am searching youtube right now.
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Old 01-17-07, 03:27 PM
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The only reason to really steal one is to make you crash. Pretty evil. But, yeah like everyone else said....buy a bolt on skewer.
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Old 01-17-07, 03:31 PM
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The sad thing is that it would pretty much have to be a fellow biker
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Originally Posted by mtnbiktn
The sad thing is that it would pretty much have to be a fellow biker
why?
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Old 01-17-07, 04:03 PM
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^^ who else would want a skewer?
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There are some QRs which are opened and closed using something like a special allen key which yu keep with you. they have a huge variety of shaped holes, so the likelihood of some idiot carrying the correct one and doing it to you again is remote in the extreme.

Can't remember the name but I'd lay odds that some member of our wild and wonderful forum will know it.

Say within about 30 secs.
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Old 01-17-07, 04:14 PM
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No sooner said than done: a resonse in another thread

Originally Posted by mlts22
Austin is pretty bad in some areas. There are many stripped bikes.

My personal opinion is that SB's method is still quite sound. Adding a set of Pitlocks (a pair of skewers that take a hex wrench to tighten/loosen from Nashbar is a less secure option, but slows down someone expecting to just flip a quick release and be off) makes the method even more secure.

mechBgon's method is what I use, making sure that neither lock on the bike is near the ground, but I have a place where I can lock a bike to two independant posts.
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Old 01-17-07, 04:20 PM
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I use Pitlock locking skewers. I'm quite happy with them.
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Originally Posted by atbman
There are some QRs which are opened and closed using something like a special allen key which yu keep with you. they have a huge variety of shaped holes, so the likelihood of some idiot carrying the correct one and doing it to you again is remote in the extreme.

Can't remember the name but I'd lay odds that some member of our wild and wonderful forum will know it.

Say within about 30 secs.
The type that used a lever that you detached doesn't seem to be sold anymore, though I wish they were, as they were keyed differently and were decently made.

For a selection, you have Pinheads, Pitlocks, Hublox (from Delta Cycle), and the skewers which need a hex wrench from Nashbar.

The Nashbar skewers are decent protection -- a thief would have to have a hex wrench set, so this keeps most yahoos from yanking stuff off.
Hublox from Delta Cycle, from what I see have all one key, so this keeps a casual thief with a hex wrench set away.
Pinheads are sold under the Onguard name, and are decent. They only come with one key, so make sure you order an extra from their website just in case.
Pitlocks are what I use. They come with two keys, and come in a number of sets depending on what you want to lock up. The best set can lock the seatpost, both wheels, the brakes, and the fork. You can also order them "a la carte" so you can have one Pitlock nut fit all your bikes.

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Originally Posted by LeMansGTi
is a skewer that popular that people will just take them like that??
sometimes you just run out of skewers at the BBQ and you just need one more for that last shis-ka-bob......HEY,lets go find a poor hapless biker!
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