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automatic_jonautomatic_jon Posts: 4
edited April 2009 in The workshop
Hi, I've been cycling the university and back daily for a few months now on a second hand Marin Elridge Grade but now the unthinkable has happened and the rear inner tube has to be replaced. And I'll be damned if I can get the skewer out.
They have a cylindrical metal fixture perpendicular to the skewer, there is a tiny threaded screw in the centre of one end of the cylinder, which undoes with the smallest allen key on my tool. This does not seem to release anything and there is an identically sized hole through the other end of the cylinder and all the while the knurled nut on the other side of the wheel will not undo.

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h13/a ... C00085.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h13/a ... C00086.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h13/a ... C00087.jpg

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  • Benno68Benno68 Posts: 1,689
    Looks like the lever from your quick release skewer has snapped off! It'll be a case of bodging it to get it to release I think, and then you'll need to get a replacement skewer.

    Google "Bicycle Quick Releases Explained" which should get you to jimlangley.net which offers basic info on the quick release mechanism.

    You need to try to release the mechanism shown on your pic SNC00085, don't worry about the "cap" on the other side. I'd try with a pair of mole grips - not familiar with your bike but I'd imagine that your front wheel is also quick release so it maybe worth you looking at the front mechanism and working it out from that.

    If in doubt, take it down to your LBS.

    Good luck!
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  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,921
    They look similar to Xlite camlock QR skewers. To open just put an allen key of the right size or something else else that will give you some leverage to open the cam.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • Thanks guys, it did indeed just need brute force and a little bit on know how applied.

    I'll definitely come back to this site more often, especially when I no longer get out of breath just carrying the bike down stairs!
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