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So what position do you put your rear skewer lever?(11 posts)

So what position do you put your rear skewer lever?js5280
Aug 10, 2002 11:23 AM
Okay, I've been riding bikes w/ quick release skewers for 13 years but never have heard an explination on what the best position to put your skewer levers. In particular the rear one. Looked on Sheldon and few other places. Even tried looked at some pictures but you never can make out the levers. No dice.

It makes total sense to put the front at 3 o'clock or maybe 1-3 o'clock, it's tucked away, aero, and unlikely to get knocked out of place. Now how about the back? I've put it in the 10-11 o'clock position so it's protected between the seat and chainstays. This habit came out of mt. biking because I felt this was the best protection from being accidently dislodged. I use a 12 to 1 o'clock position now on my Superlight with disc mounts because it sheilds the lever and faces backwards to some degree. Now how about the road bike, should it go at 3 o'clock so it's aero? When I look at it this way, I don't like how it sticks out. I guess I'm paranoid about it being knocked out of place although realize that is unlikely when road riding. So, stupid question or RBR's new hotly contested issue?
re: all's I kin say iz...Akirasho
Aug 10, 2002 1:02 PM
... I pop my rear qr lever 'tween seatstay and chainstay... it's just my way.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
both pointing to the rear nmDougSloan
Aug 10, 2002 1:17 PM
10 O'clock for a good reasonTig
Aug 10, 2002 1:50 PM
I learned this from my old USCF coach, Bill Edwards. Placing the QR lever between the seat and chain stay protects it from opening up accidentally in all situations. It won't get bent or broken very easily either. The MOST important reason to put it here instead of backward facing (3 O'clock) is to prevent someone's overlapping wheel from opening it up. Some might say that is very unlikely, but you'd be surprised. I remember it happening to me in an early road race.

I saw an idiot overlap and rub the front rider's rear wheel just today. We could hear the tire rubbing the spokes and it even touched the cogs for a split second. If this bonehead did the same on the left side, his wheel may have gotten caught in a rear facing QR lever and possibly brought the front rider down hard, or released his QR for him. How he managed to not crash with such pitiful bike handling skills is still beyond me. We gladly dropped him afterward. Survival precedes courtesy!
Agree w/Tig--rear can be riskySilverback
Aug 10, 2002 3:29 PM
I'd vote against aiming to the rear for the reason he gave--in a pack, somebody occasionally gets too close and wedges a wheel in there, then flips the QR open when he swerves away. I've only seen it happen once, but it's possible.
Seems like less of a danger in the front. When it's forward of the fork blade, I've had brush catch the lever, so I put it just behind the blade.
Because Bill Edwards says so...hycobob
Aug 10, 2002 7:00 PM
I've ridden with him and he does know his $hit (his spin sessions kick your butt too). I can attest to poor bike handling and improper skewer positioning bringing riders down. I don't remember which ride but one of our Space City Cycling Club riders was taken out rather haniously by some dope from the rear on an organized ride. I'm unsure how her skewer was pointing but at the 3 o'clock its just too inviting for an accidental cross-up for me.
re: So what position do you put your rear skewer lever?TREKY
Aug 10, 2002 2:32 PM
At 9:00 right along side the chain stay.
re: To the rear......Nmjrm
Aug 10, 2002 3:59 PM
10 o'clock (nm)LC
Aug 10, 2002 8:22 PM
9 oclock parallel witht he chain stay nmPhatMatt
Aug 11, 2002 6:24 AM
To be honest I just close themWalter
Aug 11, 2002 10:50 AM
and don't really think about it. Now of course I will start thinking about it. On the bike I can see they're both facing rearward. I'm not going to walk out into the garage...