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Old 12-18-13, 07:31 PM
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Vintage Schwinn Fork - Flange Washers

Are the flange washers (they look like eyelet washers) really needed for the front fork? It looks like their only purpose is to be extra insurance from keep the axle from dropping out, but don't the flange nuts do a good enough job?

They are a pain to take out and insert, so I'd rather just leave them out. The bike is a 1977 Schwinn Varsity.
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Old 12-18-13, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Phil1979 View Post
Are the flange washers (they look like eyelet washers) really needed for the front fork? It looks like their only purpose is to be extra insurance from keep the axle from dropping out, but don't the flange nuts do a good enough job?

They are a pain to take out and insert, so I'd rather just leave them out. The bike is a 1977 Schwinn Varsity.
The washers you describe are extra insurance against the wheel falling off if the nuts (or QR) loosens. They were introduced under a CPSC mandate to reduce the chances of front wheels falling off when not installed properly. In this way, they were comparable to the so-called lawyers lips we see on more modern forks.

If you're a belt and suspenders guy, source or improvise replacements. Otherwise, just make sure the nuts or QR are properly secured.
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Thanks FBinNY! I suspected it was a "belts and suspenders" thing.
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