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Is it OK without one of the skewer springs?

Old 05-09-11, 03:14 PM
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Is it OK without one of the skewer springs?

So on my ride today I noticed that I had my front wheel on backward (which would explain why I was going so slow). Anyway, when I tried to remove the wheel the little skewer spring got all jammed up. I had to flip the bike over, stand on the handlebars and yank the wheel out. Totally destroyed the spring. Put the wheel back on and continued the ride with no problems.

Are the skewer springs a vital part? It looks like all they do is push the ends away as you unscrew the skewer for easy removal.
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Old 05-09-11, 03:17 PM
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You'll be fine. It'll just be a bit annoying. You probably could just go to your bike shop and see if they have any springs lying around...
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Yeah the springs just keep the skewer " centerd " when it is open, for easier romoval and installation of the wheel. I'm sure some weight weenies dispence with them all together.
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As above, don't worry about it.

But why would you think having your front wheel installed backwards would slow you down?? I don't think it would matter (unless we were talking your rear wheel, of course!).
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post

But why would you think having your front wheel installed backwards would slow you down?? I don't think it would matter (unless we were talking your rear wheel, of course!).
That was just cycle humor.

However the issue described is a common problem when the springs on are backwards (narrow side out).
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
But why would you think having your front wheel installed backwards would slow you down?? I don't think it would matter (unless we were talking your rear wheel, of course!).
The computer magnet was on the wrong side so his speed was registering 0.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
But why would you think having your front wheel installed backwards would slow you down?? I don't think it would matter (unless we were talking your rear wheel, of course!).
Really?
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Old 05-09-11, 04:01 PM
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The computer magnet was on the wrong side so his speed was registering 0.
This too. Took a minute or two to figure out why my computer wasn't working.
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Old 05-09-11, 04:05 PM
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It's possible to have a wheel on backwards? Wut?
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
It's possible to have a wheel on backwards? Wut?
Seems like it.
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Originally Posted by alexvpaq View Post
Seems like it.
How do you tell? This has turned my whole day upside down.
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Old 05-09-11, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
How do you tell? This has turned my whole day upside down.
If you have a computer, it won't work if the wheel is put back on with the little magnet on the wrong side.
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Old 05-09-11, 04:27 PM
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His computer registered he wasn't moving because the contacts were....ah nevermind!
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i have always stood by "leaver on the left" no matter what.
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If he has treaded tires, they can certainly be on backwards...not that it would affect speed...maybe handling...maybe this thread has just gotten more stupid.
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why are there 14 replies to this?


















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Old 05-09-11, 06:19 PM
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why are there 14 replies to this?





Its BF and you ask this question?


where's that facepalm when I need it.


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Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
How do you tell? This has turned my whole day upside down.
Never installed a front wheel backwards on a disc brake bike eh?
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Can you ruin the bearings inside the hub by having it in the wrong way? My Extralite hubs have this in the manual:

WARNING:
1) Micro-Tuner must be on left side of
the bicycle.
2) Incorrect bearing preload may
seriously damage bearings/parts and
decreases performance.
3) Radial lacing: allowed on internal
flange side only.
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Never installed a front wheel backwards on a disc brake bike eh?
No, no I have not.
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Its fitting that this thread happened on a Monday, but I think the OP is messing with us. He answered his own question for ****s sake.

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Old 05-09-11, 07:18 PM
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why are there 14 replies to this?
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Its fitting that this thread happened on a Monday, but I think the OP is messing with us. He answered his own question for ****s sake.
Yeah, don't ya hate these silly threads ?
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
How do you tell? This has turned my whole day upside down.
When you start riding, the bike won't move because one wheel is trying to go in the opposite direction.
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is it ok to ride without valve caps?
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is it ok to ride without valve caps?
Absolutely not.
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