Remove A Rear Wheel With Quick Release Skewer

Introduction

Removing a rear wheel is a simple task, although the gear mechanism makes it a slightly more complicated than removing the front wheel.

Step 1

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<h3>Step 1</h3><p>Before you remove the rear wheel, select the gear that uses the least amount of chain; The fastest at the back, the slowest at the front.
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Correct Gear

Before you remove the rear wheel, select the gear that uses the least amount of chain; The fastest at the back, the slowest at the front.

Pro Tip

Identify somewhere to hang or rest the bike frame once you have removed the rear wheel.

Step 2

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<h3>Step 2</h3><p>Open the brake.
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Brakes

Open the brake.

Step 3

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<h3>Step 3</h3><p>Rotate the handle on the quick release skewer through 180 degrees from the closed position to the open position.</p>
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Detach The Rear Wheel

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

Pro Tip

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

Step 4

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<h3>Step 4</h3><p>Stand behind the bike with your head on its centre-line.
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Get behind the rear wheel

Stand behind the bike with your head on its centre-line.

Step 5

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<h3>Step 5</h3><p>Grab the left side of the bike with your left hand, the seat-stay or luggage rack is usually the best place. Place your right thumb on the end of the quick-release nut on the right side. Use your right fingers to pull the derailler body back towards you so it rotates out from under the wheel.</p>
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Remove The Rear Wheel

Grab the left side of the bike with your left hand, the seat-stay or luggage rack is usually the best place. Place your right thumb on the end of the quick-release nut on the right side. Use your right fingers to pull the derailler body back towards you so it rotates out from under the wheel.

Step 6

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<h3>Step 6</h3><p>Unhook the chain with your right hand to lift the bike with your left.</p>
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Lift from the bike

Unhook the chain with your right hand to lift the bike with your left.

Pro Tip

If the frame is heavy enough to need two hands hold the wheel between your legs until the frame is clear then gently use your feet to let it drop to the ground on the left – non-drive – side. Hang the bike by the nose of the saddle from some convenient gate, fence, tree or other item of street furniture.

Pro Tip

If the bike has longer horizontal drop-outs you may need to push forwards with your right thumb as you lift the frame. Some frames like this – especially if they are fitted with mudguards – may not have enough room to remove the rear wheel while the tyre is inflated. In that case let the air out of the tyre to allow the rear wheel to slide forwards and out.

Step 7

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<h3>Step 7</h3><p>For security reasons a quick release 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 so you are able to remove the rear wheel when necessary
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For security reasons a quick release 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 so you are able to remove the rear wheel when necessary

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