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Tighten front wheel

Hi there...

Please specify what is loose, or where the play is.

If on the axle, tighten your skewers or thru-axle.

If it is on the hub itself, you will need wheel spanners to check the wheelbearings and cones if they are ok and tightened to correct levels. Here is a pic of a normal quick release (QR) skewer:
Here is a thru-axle type (12mm or 15mm types):
If you have a normal axle, make sure the locknuts are tightened enough, not overly so though.


Hope this helps.

Feb 06, 2014 | Giant XTC Advanced

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Is there a wing nut available to replace the front axel wheelnut

Replace wheel with a quick release wheel or just bring correct wrench with you. Wing nut would need to be very big to get proper torque to hold wheel correctly

Dec 16, 2012 | Schwinn Meridian Adult 26-Inch 3-Wheel...

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Paint flaking off a carbon fibre bike frame. I have recently bought a road bike and when removing the front wheel to place the bike in the back of my car the paint at the bottom of the carbon fork (where...

Perhaps, the dropouts on frames and forks are are usually metal and the serrated surface of the Quick Relase Skewers normally digs through the paint to find a purchase in metal.

This forum discusses Look forks with carbon dropouts.

If your unnamed fork's dropouts are indeed carbon does your owner's manual specify and special handling or skewers for them?

Read about 'boutique' skewers.

Aug 21, 2011 | Cycling

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Can i use a rear skewer with bolt ends on my cannondale quick 6? will they ruin my frame? i purchased a used forza bike trainer and it did not come with a skewer. i am not sure what kind of skewer to...

Look at this old-school skewer and find one at a local bike shop or ask a friend who owns a couple of bikes. He probably has some unused ones just lying around.

That's the universal design for wheel holders on stationary trainers.

Feb 02, 2011 | Cycling

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I am assembling a 24 inch girls Traverse bike. Not quite sure how the front wheel goes on the fork! Seems obvious but I got confused when I saw the quick release assembly packaged with the pedals. Not...

The Front Quick release is used on the front wheel, if the axle is hollow. If it has nuts on the outside of the axle then it does not belong to the front wheel.

The front quick release is actually quite easy.

1) Place the front wheel into the forks.
2) unscrew the nob end of the skewer (opposite the handle end)
3) insert the skewer through the axle (from right to left if looking at the front of the bike)
4) Screw back on the nob a few turns.

The actual working of the quick release skewer is a cam (there is an imprinting on the handle that says open and close. make sure the handle has "open" facing out for the next step.

5) Holding the handle in your right hand, turn the nob with your left hand until the unit is almost tight.
6) Test the tightness by flipping the handle from "open" to "close". this is a cam. if you have the correct tightness then it will have some resistance to close the lever but not be difficult. If it is really hard, then back off the nob a little and try again. If it is too easy then tighten the nob a little and try again. After a couple of tries you will get it.
7) final test. Take a finger and try to flip open the lever, if you can't then its good, if you can then go back to step 6.

Dec 12, 2010 | Schwinn Cycling

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Skewer is missing from used Blackburn Tech Mag 6 bicycle trainer. Is it needed or can I simply mount the bike using the quick release skewer already on the bike?

I don't see a skewer supplied with the trainer. If the mechanisms for securing the bike axle are intact you can use your original skewers. I'd look at how well they mate before committing though, especially if your skewer is after-market or proprietary design. The old school chrome skewer with a rounded head is the best. The first one shown here is the universal design.

Aug 17, 2010 | Cycling

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No Rear Quick Release

Some less expensive bikes do not come with quick release skewers. You just unscrew the bolts like you would any other using a wrench or socket. The will probably be really tight so you may need to bear down or use a cheater pipe. Unfortunately, these bolt on wheels tend to be solid axles and cannot take a quick release skewer. You would need to replace the wheel.

May 20, 2010 | Schwinn Miramar Women's 21Speed Bicycle

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How do I attach my bike to it???

It should have come with a replacement quick release skewer. If the one currently on your back wheel doesn't fit, you'll need to replace it with the one they provided. If you bought this 2nd hand and don't have a skewer that fits, you can generally pick one up for less than $20 at or or a host of other places.

Dec 17, 2009 | Bell Sports Bell Motivator Indoor Riding...

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How do you take coggs off back wheel of my bicycle

If one wants to take off the whole freewheel, one usually buys a freewheel removal tool that matches the brand of freewheel, takes off the wheel, takes out the quick release skewer, puts the removal tool onto the freewheel, uses the quick release skewer (lightly screwed on) to keep the tool from slipping off, then clamps the removal tool into a well-mounted vice and unscrews the freewheel by grasping the wheel rim. They usually come off before something breaks... but occasionally not if they've been on for a long time, since pedaling tightens them... and tightens them... ;-)
- Roy

Oct 10, 2009 | Falcon Mountain Bike Maintenance

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Rear axle broken on Raleigh road bike, can i/ how do i replace it

Is it the axle in the hub or a skewer (quick release) that is broken? If it is the skewer, those can be replaced. If it is the hub (with a through-axle), then you would do best to buy a new wheel.

Sep 06, 2009 | Stickers Raleigh Mountain Road Tri Race...

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