Mount A Front Wheel With Quick-Release Skewer

Introduction

There are two types of fixing for a front wheel. Hexagonal nuts threaded on a solid axle, or a quick release skewer system that runs through the centre of a hollow axle.

If the wheel has a hub brake or a hub generator there are some extra steps.

Step 1

<h3>Step 1</h3><p>Lower the bike onto the front wheel. The convention is to put the lever on the left side of the bike so it matches the one on the rear which is on the non-drive side.
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Replace The front Wheel

Lower the bike onto the front wheel. The convention is to put the lever on the left side of the bike so it matches the one on the rear which is on the non-drive side.

Step 2

<h3>Step 2</h3><p>Facing the bike from the front with your head on the bike’s centre line check the front wheel is centred in the frame. Close the lever. If this action is too easy tighten the nut on the opposite side. If it won’t close fully loosen the nut. Repeat until locking the lever gives satisfactory resistance. The pressure involved should leave a mark on your hand.
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Attach The front wheel

Facing the bike from the front with your head on the bike’s centre line check the front wheel is centred in the frame. Close the lever. If this action is too easy tighten the nut on the opposite side. If it won’t close fully loosen the nut. Repeat until locking the lever gives satisfactory resistance. The pressure involved should leave a mark on your hand.

Step 3

<h3>Step 3</h3><p>The closed lever must point up and back where it’s safe from being flipped open accidentally in a tangle with another bike or by bumping against something like a door frame.
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Check quick release skewer is closed

The closed lever must point up and back where it’s safe from being flipped open accidentally in a tangle with another bike or by bumping against something like a door frame.

Step 4

<h3>Step 4</h3><p>If the bike has rim brakes close the brake.
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Attach Brakes

If the bike has rim brakes close the brake.

Pro Tip

If the ends of the fork have ‘lawyer lip’ safety tags you’ll have to unscrew the nut, on the opposite side of the handle, and retighten it when you replace the front wheel in the fork. These extra metal lugs are only useful if someone tries to ride the bike with the quick release skewer incorrectly closed. Unless your bike has disc brakes or you’re going to lend it to an ignorant person there’s no problem in carefully filing them off to allow the quick release skewer to release quickly.

Pro Tip

For security reasons a quick release skewer may be replaced with a skewer that needs a hexagonal key, or a unique tool, to lock it. The connection through a hollow axle means that both sides tighten together. Pack the tool with your puncture tools.