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Loose Quick Release front wheel ... squeak?

Old 12-30-14, 11:38 PM
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Loose Quick Release front wheel ... squeak?

I noticed a slight squeak from my bike when I pedaled hard.

I oiled everything in the drivechain with my semi-dry lube and also cleaned/lubed/tightened my seat post and seat.

So I finally noticed that my front wheel's quick release was bordering on loose. A simple push of the quick release lever was able to move spin it around.

Could this have been the cause of the squeak? I would go riding again to test it out but it's freezing outside.

Also, could I have thrown my front wheel out of true or something by riding with a loose quick release?
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Old 12-31-14, 02:32 AM
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Ride your bike and see if it still squeeks
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Old 12-31-14, 02:50 AM
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Pull the wheel off.
Make sure the axle is tight (doesn't wiggle), but otherwise turns freely.
Re-install.
Spin the wheel and watch the wheel next to the brake pads. < 1mm or 1/16" wobble is fine. 1/4" is too much.

It is quite possible your wheel was rubbing on the brake pads. This could have been caused by a loose axle, out of true wheel, loose spokes, or too tight of brake pad adjustment. Once you've determined the wheel is true, go ahead and ride and see if the problem returns, at which point make sure the pad adjustment isn't too tight.
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My back wheel was bordering on loose as well; a simple touch of the QR lever was able to move it a bit. I've since remounted the back tire and will ride it and see if the whole thing still squeaks!
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