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Removing And Installing Your Bicycle Wheel
2012-12-21 16:39:14

Removing And Installing Your Bicycle Wheel
 

Removing And Installing Your Bicycle Wheel:

Most modern bicycle forks have wheel-retention tabs on them, which are small protrusions that keep a loose front wheel from falling out of the dropouts. The quick release must be open and adjusted by unscrewing it to clear these tabs when you remove and install the front wheel.

To do it for the front wheel, hold both ends of the quick release and turn one counterclockwise to unscrew it (photo) until there's enough clearance for the wheel to drop out of or fit into the fork (note that this adjustment is unnecessary on most rear wheels because retention tabs aren’t used).

 Tips
 

The quick-release levers should be on the left side of the bike.

Quick releases must be fully closed to ensure safety.

If you ever unscrew the quick release until it comes apart, don’t panic! Just try not to lose the little springs. They’re not crucial and the quick release will work without them. They’re only there to provide spring pressure to maintain some clearance between the ends of the quick release and the axle locknuts to make it easier to slide the wheel into the frame.

To reinstall the springs, make sure that the narrow ends point inward (see top photo).


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