Find answers, ask questions, and connect with others in our UK cycling & mountain bike forum.

  • Retard lugs …. who does what?

     Steve Kish updated 12 years, 2 months ago 8 Members · 34 Posts
    This page may contain affiliate links which means that Cycling Addicts earns from qualifying purchases. See our full disclosure. This page may contain affiliate links.
  • Steve Kish

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 8:45 pm

    You know, those stupid lugs on the bottom of the front forks that keeps the wheel in when someone forgets to do the quick release up …. duurgh!

    In effect, they disable the quick release by making it into a one-sided wingnut! 😡

    I grind mine down with a Dremel until the wheel goes in and out without having the screw the Q/R lever in and out.

    What do y’all do?

  • BigBadJohn118

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 8:46 pm

    i leave mine as normal 😆 😆

  • Filthy

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I use 20mm bolt thru axles, that way when I squeeze the brake lever and my caliper exerts huge rotaional forces via the 200mm rotor onto the front wheel mounting it doesn’t rip the wheel out of the dropout and cause me to die a horrible and painful death.

    Definately wouldn’t take the lugs off unless it was some old hack bike on V’s or canti’s and even then I’ve never had any problems using a q/r with the saftey lugs.

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I use 20mm bolt thru axles,

    Are these the hollow tubes that are held in place by a clamp on each fork with a 5mm Allen key fixing, the heavy-duty ones?

  • Filthy

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 9:17 pm

    they can be but I’m using maxle’s which is rock shox’s quick release version

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 9:22 pm

    i file all them down…

    simply because its to much screwing if you need to get them in and out in a race….

  • tomlevell

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 10:08 pm

    As Phil says don’t do it on disk brake equipped bikes. If the dropouts are vertical or slightly backwards the rotational force under braking trys to eject the front wheel. Easily demonstrated by turning the bike upside down and unding the QR then spin the wheel. The smaller the disc the worse the effect.

    Happily ridden around on a set which the previous owner filed down but they are on a V brake only bike.

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Yeah, but surely also depends on how tightly the Q/R is done up. 😀

  • SeanO

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 10:25 pm

    They are there for a reason, I’d rather keep my teeth than save 30 seconds in a race situation! 😉

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 10:38 pm

    what reason… the wheel would still probalys fall out…

    and i’d take the 30 seconds anyday 😉

  • SeanO

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 10:45 pm

    what reason… the wheel would still probalys fall out…

    I don’t understand? 😕

  • Filthy

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 10:46 pm

    google “fox vs. pinder” and then reconsider wether you would choose the 30 seconds

    I think I’d rather loose 30secs than spend the rest of my life in a wheel chair but hey its your life.

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 10:47 pm

    well thats why there there for arnt they, so if the quick release comes loose it dont just fall straight out…

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Just read some of the ‘Pinder -v- Fox’ reports and the gist of it seems to be whether or not the Q/R fails with discs with emphasis on the angling of the drop-outs and tightness of the skewer. In the unlikely event of it loosening, you’d get enough warning signs to do something about it before you hit the deck.

    FWIW, I believe that they are there for (OK, let’s be kind) ‘inexperienced newbie riders’ who know SFA about how things work and the manufacturers are complying with some half-arsed Health and Safety issue – just the same as having to put those stupid reflectors onto the spokes of a wheel.

    They are there for when people forget to tighten the quick release skewer up – if they were a proper safety issue, why would they make these forks with quick release skewers and not either wing nuts or track not, which would probably take less time to do up?

    No, sorry, I believe that if you make something with a quick release mechanism, you should either make it to work properly or not supply it at all. If there was any more credibility to this apparently ‘one-off’case, then surely the H & S Police would have banned the sale of bikes with discs and Q/R mechanisms, front and back, would they not?

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 11:15 pm

    great points there…

    plus filing them down is so relaxing 😛

Viewing 1 - 15 of 34 posts
Original Post
0 of 0 posts June 2018
Now

New Report

Close