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Skewer on a fixed gear(5 posts)

Skewer on a fixed gearSqueg
Feb 25, 2003 4:32 PM
I currently have a skewer (as opposed to track bolts) on the rear wheel of my latest fixed...I know it is not recommended, but why?
re: Skewer on a fixed gearLC
Feb 25, 2003 4:58 PM
As long as it is not made of plastic it should be strong enough.
'Cause your legs are gonna get so strong ...Humma Hah
Feb 26, 2003 6:59 AM
... you'll cause the axel to slip in the slots.

Skewers work OK with a der and vertical dropouts. The transition to vertical dropouts was largely brought on by the use of skewers, and their annoying habit of slipping in horizontal slots under hard acceleration.

If you ever tried to get a skewer as tight as you can get a solid axel with nuts, it would snap. Maintaining exactly the right chain slack (i.e. almost none) is the secret to happiness in SS and fixte, so you want that axel tight.
I am running a skewer but...bigrider
Feb 26, 2003 1:20 PM
I have been running a skewer on my fixed all winter and I have had no problems. There is one caveat with that statement. I have been doing all dead flat miles so I could have problems when I try to drag my 240lbs. up a hill.
Steel can worktriangleforge
Feb 26, 2003 2:48 PM
Steel skewers work OK, though I found them a bit more fussy than a solid axle and bolts. Most modern skewers -- especially fancy pants Ti skewers -- don't really clamp hard enough to keep an axle in place in a horizontal dropout. Not an issue with a vertical dropout.