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Old 04-05-16, 07:57 AM
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Low rider racks and removing tire

Perhaps a silly question but just double checking here... recently put on Tubus Nova rack. Also working on putting in fenders. Didn't realize just how much pita fenders were to put on, especially when none of the multiple methods and hardware included work out-of-the-box. Have to take my front tire on and off several times checking for clearance, etc, and the Nova rack appears to cage around the bottom of the fork preventing the wheel from dropping out with the QR skewers in place. I have to unscrew the skewers every time. I can't imagine there is a method or hardware to make this easier, QR skewers that are super low profile or something like that?

I shouldn't have to take the wheel on and off so much after I get this fender installed, so long as I transport it in my truck so it can stay fully intact.
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I had that same problem with one of my front racks. I would just pull it apart slightly so the wheel would drop out without having to remove the skewer.
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You take the panniers Off First. Open the QR skewer , unscrew enough to get over the fork tip safety features, aka 'lawyer lips',

open the brake pads via removing the cable button end, as designed, Lay the bike down . take the wheel out.


My 2 Low rider racks Bruce Gordon I've had for 2 decades and the Tubus Ergo, both have the Mudguard struts bolted to the racks.

I take the racks and mudguards off to carton the bike up to fly to my European destination. *
Now I do that for tourists that ended up Here , for the LBS. and ship their Cartoned Bikes home.


*though the boxes I got from KLM At AMS , are long enough to leave the wheel & all on.





If You (to readers in general) Got Old Man Mountain Racks The (longer,rear) skewer is what supports the Bottom.

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Originally Posted by robert schlatte
I had that same problem with one of my front racks. I would just pull it apart slightly so the wheel would drop out without having to remove the skewer.
My Nitto Big front rack is the same way. The rack is very strong and hard to bend so I usually just remove the skewer. The other thing I have to be mindful of if I remove the rack and then re-install it making sure the QR handle is positioned so that it does not conflict with the rack. Frankly, removing a QR skewer isn't a big deal.
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Originally Posted by robert schlatte
I had that same problem with one of my front racks. I would just pull it apart slightly so the wheel would drop out without having to remove the skewer.
Agree with my Tubus Ergo, the skewer would hang up a bit. Touring I use bolt on skewers instead of quick release, but they also hang up.

My bigger hassle is on my 2.0 or 2.25 width tires and rim brakes, always had to let air out of the tire to get the wheel off. The fork blades are close enough together that the tire width plus width of two brake pads would hang up. Or when I put the wheel on, would have to put the wheel on before I inflated the tire.

Fenders and front rack - if I used the same lower mount for both, I would put the fender stays inside instead of outside of the dropouts, then use nylock nuts on the long bolts.
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I have to completely remove the skewer on my Nova-equipped bike when it's time to remove the front wheel. Going to try a bolt-on skewer to see if it'll clear w/o needing to be removed.
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Originally Posted by T Stew
Perhaps a silly question but just double checking here... recently put on Tubus Nova rack. Also working on putting in fenders. Didn't realize just how much pita fenders were to put on, especially when none of the multiple methods and hardware included work out-of-the-box. Have to take my front tire on and off several times checking for clearance, etc, and the Nova rack appears to cage around the bottom of the fork preventing the wheel from dropping out with the QR skewers in place. I have to unscrew the skewers every time. I can't imagine there is a method or hardware to make this easier, QR skewers that are super low profile or something like that?

I shouldn't have to take the wheel on and off so much after I get this fender installed, so long as I transport it in my truck so it can stay fully intact.
I had the same problem with my Tubas Nova. As it happens I eventually replaced my QR with Pitlocks to keep my dynamo hub more secure, and the Pitlock has enough of a lower profile that I can drop the wheel out now. :-)
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Originally Posted by MileHighMark
I have to completely remove the skewer on my Nova-equipped bike when it's time to remove the front wheel. Going to try a bolt-on skewer to see if it'll clear w/o needing to be removed.
As I noted above, it did not help me on wheel removal. I just use them for touring so I can be more careless when locking up both wheels with the frame.
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Hmm well I just tried pulling the forks open... the stainless steel Nova rack (or maybe my forks) are pretty rigid but I could get it close to be wide enough. I don't really want to pry so hard on the forks though if I had a skewer that was just a little more low profile even just 1/4" or so I think it'd drop out through the rack without needing to pry it so much. I do like the idea of slightly added security of not having QRs too but running on vintage 27's not like my wheels are that attractive to thieves.
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