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Carry a Spare Skewer?

Old 05-13-11, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
With a vertical rear dropout on your frame, neither skewer has to be very tight...
the load is of course supported by the axle, not the Qr skewer..
I'll qualify that fietsbob, I wholeheartely agree *unless* you have disc brakes.
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'very tight' is in this case out near the extremes of the tensile strength
of the steel, itself..
Really hard , hurts your hand on the lever, painful, tight.

a BoB skewer, is also in shear force from the load on the ends , But

in a normal use there is mainly a tensile load
pulling on the skewer shaft

weakest point is the transition to the threading.

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Originally Posted by bike_boy View Post
In lieu of spare skewers, carry a couple of spare conical springs that go on skewers. I have inadvertently removed skewer nut from skewer when loosening to remove wheel; conical spring fell off and bounced away.
What exactly are those springs for anyway? I've lost more than a few, but I usually just let them be.
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I think they are there to keep the acorn nut and QR end and away from the lawyers lips if they exist on the front fork. But the centring of the skewer for easy insert/removal seems to be the primary reason. Anyone can get by quite adequately without them.
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