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Old 05-13-10, 07:32 AM
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spin stix skewers

long story short the cam on the skewers of one of my wheels just aint right, and i dont trust it.

anyone have any experience with these skewers? how do they work exactly?

http://www.totalcycling.com/index.ph..._spinstix.html

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If you're looking for a weight weenie skewer:


If you're looking for a skewer that flat out works:
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They are essentially wing nuts. You're just tightening the bolt by turning the treads.



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It was a major advance when Tullio came up with an alternative to wing nuts in the 1920's. I see no reason to go back.
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And I'm with BD, if the reason you want to chage skewers is reliability, the answer is a closed cam style QR.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
They are essentially wing nuts. You're just tightening the bolt by turning the treads.



http://www.bicycling.com/article/1,6...6517-1,00.html



Everything that is old is new again.

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It was a major advance when Tullio came up with an alternative to wing nuts in the 1920's. I see no reason to go back.
if you just turn them, does that imply that you cont position the lever arm wherever you want, you just deal with wherever it winds up?
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
if you just turn them, does that imply that you cont position the lever arm wherever you want, you just deal with wherever it winds up?
My bet is that you could control that by where you start out. i.e. with it loose spin the offside to reposition the starting point of the lever, and then tighten. With some trial and error, I bet you can get it where you want it.
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Open cam skewers are fine for vertical dropouts but the closed cam design is just many degrees better... Shimano and Campagnolo make the best closed cam QR's.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
Open cam skewers are fine for vertical dropouts but the closed cam design is just many degrees better... Shimano and Campagnolo make the best closed cam QR's.
agreed.

though, the only time closed-cam skewers are on my bike is when it's in the trainer.
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