Skewer Replacement ???

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I was sort of perusing the internet and came upon this headline story over at Velonews.com about “When you should replace skewers?” The headline grabbed my interest because I’d never heard of anyone replacing a quick release skewer for any reason other than scrapping it flat from falling on it.

So, I click on the link to the story and Lennard Zinn is answering a question from a reader about when to replace skewer. Lennard proceeds to answer the question with 6 different replies from skewer manufactures.

I personally know a few of the guys that answered and they all said that they had never heard of a situation where a quick release skewer failed and there really wasn’t/isn’t a test to check for fatigue.

I don’t get it, an article about a subject that does worry some people new to the sport, portraying that there might be an actual issue there, but there isn’t.

They might as well wrote an article about if Cancellara was using mice to power his bicycle or would it be good to use maple syrup to lubricate your chain.

I think Lennard should of just answered the question, since he already knew the answer, or maybe after he contacted the manufactures and got their responses, just said, “Hey, I contacted about everyone I know in the industry and you don’t have to worry about your quick releases failing, they don’t.”

I think there were plenty of cool technical innovation to bikes at the Paris-Roubaix last Sunday. Maybe Fabian’s bike could have been the headline story, not a failing quick release scare headline.

It sort of irked me that they used a attention grabbing headline, of a non-issue, to attract readership. It didn’t deserve to be the led story of the website Velonews.com.

I took this photo up at Trek in Waterloo.  They originally used mice, but now are testing out rats to power the new Madones.

I took this photo up at Trek in Waterloo. They originally used mice, but now are testing out rats to power the new Madones.


Lance shows you how to use a quick release in this video.

16 thoughts on “Skewer Replacement ???

  1. Chris

    This has always seemed to me to be Lennard’s MO, writing articles about improbable or non-existent problems to terrify new or ignorant cyclists.

  2. peter k

    I have more often replaced asian made skewers because the threads have been pulled flat by overtightening the quick release portion (arm) of the unit. Indoing this you effectively strip the threads from the nut and/or the threaded axle portion of the unit. The reason I ay this about the asian made product is because routinely a softer metal was used in the manufacture

    1. channel_zero

      replaced asian made skewers

      This just in: all skewers are made to international industrial standards. Never mind the simple fact 99.9% of all skewers are made “in Asia.”

  3. Steve Tilford Post author

    peter k-That is just replacing a skewer that doesn’t work, never should have been made and is not safe to use. The skewer that most of us use, the ones that come on higher end bikes, don’t have any issues. I’d feel comfortable about using any brand of skewer from a reputable manufacture.

  4. Evgeny Smirnov

    Sorry, but if you are looking to Velo News for journalistic integrity and intelligent writing, then you are looking in the wrong place. This should have been glaringly apparent to you about, oh, fifteen years ago. Maybe more.

    Carry on.

  5. davidh

    Lennard may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this column is perfectly consistent with his normal MO of getting manufacturer input on reader questions. I’d point the finger at the editorial decision to present the article as discussing an open question. You kind of buried the lede, though — Lance as a shop rat? I had no idea. Maybe he could continue his rehabilitation tour by serving as a skewer integrity inspector for the worried masses?

  6. Robert

    Ever read the general/beginner forums on MTBR or RBR? You’d be amazed at the inane things that worry people.

  7. Larry T.

    These writers have a problem in that all the intelligent questions have pretty much already been asked and answered. It’s like when should you replace your helmet, does your bike frame wear out, what’s the best chain lube, etc.
    About the changing a flat tire video – I’d think Park Tool should ask for their apron back. Has BigTex been sentenced to some sort of community service? Otherwise, WTF? Outside still thinks there’s a buck or two to be made off the guy I guess?

  8. Francisco Mancebo

    The Emir has declared a Fatwa against Mr. Armstrong as he did not properly align the valve stem with the label of the tire. This particular offence is considered graver than the consumption of alcohol during Ramadan. The punishment for not having your valve properly aligned with the label is the same in the UAE as it is in cycling communities all over the world, public ridicule

  9. The Cyclist

    Who is this Emir? I want to see his face! Regarding misaligned valves, just snip them off with wire cutters. Problem solved by instant disinflation. Might even teach Mr Armstrong to do things the right way in the future.

  10. jp

    Lance is fine, he didn’t do anything thousands and thousands of others never did, get over it, who cares ?

  11. RTrethewey

    I’ve had a skewer fail recently…an upper level Ritchey wheelset front skewer, not while riding…(thankfully), but while installing it to ride. I have an older bike that does not have the retainer tabs on the bottom of the fork ends. I normally tighten them up pretty well…but not any different than any other time in the last 30 years of riding…this time while tightening, there was a loud “pop”, and the shaft fractured and shot out the other side about 5 feet, this wheelset is about 5 years old. I have never been concerned about something like this happening before…but now? I can only imagine what may have happened if I had been riding if it let go like that…so long front wheel…

    1. The Cyclist

      I suspect that some ppl tighten their QRs way too much. So if and when they snap they fly like bullets out of a gun. Overtightenig is the problem. Not the skewer.

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