Quick release skewers

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Quick release skewers

Postby fat and old » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:52 pm

Does it matter which side of the forks the release mech is?

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Re: Quick release skewers

Postby baabaa » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:04 pm

Yes, the lever must be on the left or right side of the fork.










It may also point forward or back, up or down.
(but some skewers with long handles may work better with the lever on the opposite side of the disc rotor, "some" reports of rotor snag which could be possible and would be nasty)

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Re: Quick release skewers

Postby Duck! » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:11 pm

Don't "cross" the lever over the fork blade; you can't get your fingers behind it when you want to undo it.

Rear lever on the left side so it doesn't foul the derailleur. Front also on the left because it looks untidy when they're on opposite sides.
Skewers hooking rotors has only been reported with *some* skewers, and only when incorrectly tightened with the lever left in the open position.
Last edited by Duck! on Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:16 pm, edited 2 times in total.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.

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Re: Quick release skewers

Postby Derny Driver » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:13 pm

fat and old wrote:Does it matter which side of the forks the release mech is?

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see below posts
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Re: Quick release skewers

Postby find_bruce » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:29 pm

Yes ... if there is a support van following you with spare wheels

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Re: Quick release skewers

Postby Warin » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:35 pm

fat and old wrote:Does it matter which side of the forks the release mech is?


Your choice.
I like to have the leaver when closed to have free room at the rear so I can get my hand to it. I don't like the leaver to get dirty ... so I resist having it on the rear drive side. Some like to consider 'what if a stick comes up and hits it' .. more of a MTB thing.
But suit yourself.

If you have a support van you will also have a mechanic .. and they will set it up to suit themselves.

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Re: Quick release skewers

Postby Derny Driver » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:33 pm

Warin wrote:... I don't like the leaver to get dirty ... so I resist having it on the rear drive side. . .

Oh I just corrected my post above. The rear lever is never on the drive side. The derailleur is in the way, and the cable.
So the rear is on the left, and the front is on the left.

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Re: Quick release skewers

Postby Derny Driver » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:34 pm

Duck! wrote:Rear lever on the left side so it doesn't foul the derailleur. Front also on the left because it looks untidy when they're on opposite sides.
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Yep this is what I meant

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Re: Quick release skewers

Postby kb » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:52 pm

I have a through-axle with the front lever on the right which irritates a little. Maybe I should flip the fork around ;-)
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Re: Quick release skewers

Postby fat and old » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:43 am

The rear made sense already. So vanity and wanting to look pro determines which side of the forks. Cool.....bike may as well look pro for the amount of money I've spent on this lifestyle :lol:

Seriously tho....thanks blokes. :D

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Re: Quick release skewers

Postby bychosis » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:07 am

Same side as rear, which is opposite the derailleur.
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/skewers.html
which shows: Image
but I prefer more like this:
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as Duck said, it leaves a gap behind the clamp to get your fingers onto. Not as critical will skinny steel forks, but makes a difference with big fat ones. Means you can use this technique for closing too:
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Re: Quick release skewers

Postby AUbicycles » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:51 am

Kb, agreed. And post some photos of it.

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