measuring for quick release

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by KayInFL, 11 Oct 2018.

  1. KayInFL

    KayInFL New Member

    I am NOT a cyclist! A friend gave me an old mountain bike and I'd like to put a quick release on the front wheel so I can put it in the car. No budget to speak of, so can't take this to a bike shop for help.
    I bought 1 Pair MTB Quick Release Bicycle Hub, Road Mountain Bike Front & Rear Axle Hollow Shaft Set with Standard Spacing for about $10 on Amazon (that's my budget) but they seem to be too short. Product description:
    • The short release lever for front wheel, hollow shaft size: approx.11cm / 4.33", quick release: approx.16cm / 6.3"
    I have to loosen the nuts almost till they fall off, and I just manage to fight the wheel on. Then I'm worried there's no thread holding the nuts on. outside measure.png inside measure.png
  2. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Hi and welcome to CC :welcome:
    Surely the cheapest way for you to put the bike in the car would be to carry a 15mm spanner, it does not take long to undo the nuts.
    Remember to release the brakes first, and remember to re-engage then after you put the wheel back on ^_^
    If you are going to ride this bike, you are a cyclist!
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  3. OP

    KayInFL New Member

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    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

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  5. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    From what I understand the OP has to slacken off the nut on the QR to get the wheel in and out of the fork. The fork legs have "Lawyer lips" to prevent the wheel from falling out if someone is stupid and brain dead enough to try and ride without locking the QR lever. That means the nut opposite the lever does have to be undone first (And re-tightened afterwards) and it does note denote a problem.
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  6. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    East Devon
    OP :welcome: - let us have a link to what you've bought. Agree with both comments above.
    In your bullet above, the hollow axle is for the front but the QR lever is the rear one (and the rear hollow axle will be 140mm). You should have a 122mm QR lever: that's for the front. "I'm worried there's no thread holding the nuts on" - with QR axles, there is no need for nuts.
    In case it helps, here is a link to the famous Sheldon Brown site:
  7. BeardyAndyM

    BeardyAndyM Active Member

    Never knew they were called Lawyer lips, every days a school day!
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  8. OP

    KayInFL New Member

    What about just grinding down the lawyer lips? That would make it easier to slip the wheel off and on...
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  9. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Done that a few times.
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