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Remove 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.

Pro Tip

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

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

Step 1

<h3>Step 1</h3><p>If the bike has rim brakes open the brake.
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Detach The front Wheel

If the bike has rim brakes open the brake.

Step 2

<h3>Step 2</h3><p>Rotate the handle of the quick release skewer through 180 degrees from the closed position to the open position.
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Undo quick release skewer

Rotate the handle of the quick release skewer through 180 degrees from the closed position to the open position.

Pro Tip

If the quick release skewer lever is too tight to open by hand slip a tool like a ring spanner over the lever to get more leverage.

Step 3

<h3>Step 3</h3><p>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 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.
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Lawyer Lips

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 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.

Step 4

<h3>Step 4</h3><p>Lift the bike off the front wheel.
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Remove The front Wheel

Lift the bike off the front wheel.

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.