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Mr. Overtighten - Thats my name...(11 posts)

Mr. Overtighten - Thats my name...NeedySpeedy
May 30, 2001 9:39 AM
Stupid question...

How tight are you suppose to have the wheel quick releases? I am notorious for overtightening and eventually breaking things! I've broken 2 quick releases on the mountainbike from overtightening. I just got this physco problem of thinking if I dont really torque them down that the wheel is gonna pull out somehow! Serious problem - please help! I just bought the Salsa Ti quick releases and I dont want to mess them up!

Old rule of thumb:Gadfly
May 30, 2001 9:46 AM
They should leave an imprint on your palm. For what it's worth.
Another rule; works out the same waycory
May 30, 2001 10:03 AM
With the handle sticking straight out, parallel with the skewer, turn it until it touches the dropout, then close it. As Gadfly said, it should feel firm but not hard, and leave in imprint in your palm.
If you still have the lawyers' lips on the fork, you can grind them off and avoid all that screwing and unscrewing. But it's your fault if you crash.
May 30, 2001 10:40 AM
If you are right handed, work the knurled QR knob side with your left thumb and index finger whilst you feel for close-tension on the right side lever where the cam lock is with the palm of the right hand. Get the lever to the point where it will close with "moderate" pressure. Ditto reverso if you're a Lefty Frizzel(soree, old Texas 50's Country singer :)

On the mtb rear wheel hide the lever in between the chain and seat stay cut-out so's not to undo the QR if you hit a rock, tree root, etc. Prefer Ringle's Ti twisters on the mtb; no cam and simply twist them tight.

Salsa's are nice and use one for the rear wheel of one of my road bike wheel sets, my main wheel set being the Dura-Ace steel QR. Geeze if you count em up have about 20 mtb/road ...front/rear/seat post QR's spanning 30+ years!

Leftyblue bayou
May 30, 2001 1:13 PM
I'm sure BR5-49 recently performed a cover of Mr Frizzels songs. Add 'em to your list, plus:

The Reverend Horton Heat (literally Horton with some smoke)

Big Sandy and the Fly Rite Boys (60% western, 30% swing, 10% croon)
Thanks blue!Breck
May 30, 2001 2:49 PM
lefty(from corsicana, texas) got his name from a school yard fight as he was a south paw. david frizzell is his son, and did a nice number with shelly west(dottie's girl) "your're the reason god made oklahoma" thoug don't have the album or exact title.

will add your reefer-in-senses to mah list :)

hay glad to see you back!

Junior Samples Car SalesAndy
May 30, 2001 9:04 PM
Wasn't BR5-49 the phone number to Junior Samples Car Sales Lot on Hee-Haw (back in the 1970's)
Junior Samples Car Salesmike mcmahon
May 30, 2001 10:27 PM
I don't remember, but I've got to say that I couldn't be happier about the number of Hee-Haw references on this board. It had to be one of the silliest shows in the history of TV, but I remember laughing my ass of at it, sitting on the floor of the living room with my dad. HE-HE-HE-HE-HEE-HAW!
why so tight?freespirit
May 30, 2001 11:37 AM
Have you ever heard of a wheel coming off from the skewer not being tight enough? While I've seen a few rears loosen and move just a little bit when really torquing up a hill, more often with horizontal dropouts, I've never heard of a wheel coming off. This seems to happen more with steel, as the clamp can't bite into the metal quite so easily. No need to be so tight.
re: Mr. Overtighten - Thats my name...ColnagoFE
May 31, 2001 9:11 AM
if you're cranking that tight you're gonna eventually damage the hub
....away go screw threads, down the drain.128
May 31, 2001 9:19 AM