Bicycle Wheel Skewers

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Quick release wheel skewers are used to attach wheels onto bicycles. They are usually a few inches in length, lightweight, and consist of a rod that is threaded on one end and on the other hand is a cam assembly which is moved with a lever. Using these skewers is really easy, the rod is inserted into hollow wheel axle, a nut is threaded onto it, and the lever is closed to fix the wheel onto the fork.


Quick release wheel skewers were invented by an Italian bicycle enthusiast in 1927. Just like most inventions, this one was also created on the fact that 'necessity is the mother of invention'. The Italian cyclist was fed up with changing punctured tyres through the slow process of undoing the nuts and bolts on the axle, and that's why he developed this brand new concept of changing the whole wheel and tyre quickly with this system. Later, Tullio Campagnolo, the inventor of this technology formed a company that manufactures bicycle components. These skewers totally changed bicycle racing, as riders were able to change wheels within a shorter time which in turn created several new speed records and gave those who were using them a great advantage.

Quick release wheel skewers are usually used in road bikes since utility and mountain bicycles don't need a quick removal of the wheels. Many people use mountain bikes just like utility bikes, and they often don't properly tighten the wheel skewers due to lack of experience. So, in order to avoid accidents, ridges have been added to keep the wheels attached even if they are not installed by a professional or an expert. The very first skewer design developed by Tullio has changed a lot during the past 85 years and modern versions are much safer and easier to use than the originals with lightweight and strong titanium wheel skewers becoming the choice of many, but Tullio is still looked upon with respect for this magnificent invention.

Bike axles allow the wheel hubs to rotate. Most axles consist of solid metal and they are threaded to a secure bearing and crown races. Hollow axles are used along quick release systems, but solid metal axels are preferred if the bike is to be ridden on a rough surface. Vibrations and wear and tear may loosen the quick release system if it is not tightened well. Mountain bikes are often used on rocky terrain and the bikes get shaken up due to the nature of the trail, which is why such riders should use solid mountain bike axles. Thru axles are longer than average axles and they are usually the best ones to be used on mountain bikes. These axles provide extra durability and strength. The modern standard for rear hub width of mountain bikes is 135mm, as this is perfect to provide clearance to mount a brake disc on the hub. If the proper clearance is not provided, it may lead to improperly functioning brakes.

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