What is a Quick Release Anyway?
In bike news this week, Trek Bicycles has recalled nearly a million of their bicycles due to problems with their quick release levers. First of all, if you have a Trek bicycle, go here to learn more about the recall. Second, we’ve had a number of folks ask us the question above, what is a quick release anyway? Well, the short answer is that a quick release lever makes it easy to install or remove something on your bike. Usually–such as in the case of the Trek bikes being recalled–this means a wheel, but it can mean other parts too. Most often, you’ll encounter a quick release lever while doing one of three things:
- Adjusting your seat height, like on a Capital Bikeshare bike
- Taking your wheel(s) off to fit your bike in a car or other small space
- Changing a flat tire
- Hold the lever open with one hand and slowly tighten the nut on the other side of the wheel with the other.
- Every half turn or so, try closing the lever.
- If it swings closed with no resistance, tighten the nut and try again.
- You want the lever to meet resistance about halfway closed (perpendicular to the plane of the wheel)
- Then push the lever closed. It might be a little hard, but it shouldn’t be so hard that it hurts your hand.