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    there's always an exception to every rule

    OK, I've been offering my humble opinion about which direction to point the rear quick release lever for a while now... probably since I read Ned Overend's opinion on the subject and adopting it as my own. I've been saying to point the sucker up the seat stay or forward along the chainstay. Always in the same place, so's you can quickly see if'n somethin' is changed. The thought goes you don't point it to the rear 'cause somebody riding behind might bump ya' and let it loose, and don't leave it hanging out in space forward 'cause a vine or root could snag it.

    Well, today I loosed my own rear quick release from the seat stay position. I was riding some technical junk at Mainland when it was wet. Dabbing to avoid a fall, I guess I kicked it loose. At the next ledge I attempted to climb in the granny, I felt a chainsuck/binding sensation during the powerstroke. I stopped the stroke and hopped off to find that the rear wheel wasn't turning but rather had been pulled clean out of the drop outs, hence the partial resistance to the pedal stroke. It was then I noticed that my quick was released.

    So, from now on I will not put my quick release lever along the seatstay when riding the technical junk. If riding solo, I may point it to the rear kinda out in space. In a group or a race, maybe I'll point it forward along the chainstay.

    Any strong opinions or other lessons learned out there?

    I was just lucky that I didn't loose the wheel on a jump or drop...
    what goes up, gets to come back down

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    I rode the whole course at Rocky Hill and when I went to take the front wheel off to put the bike on the rack, I noticed that the quick release was open.

    That could have been UGLY!
    It must suck to be you.

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    ben, luckily i haven't even caught anything in the QRs lever but i always try to sit the lever between the seat and chainstays.

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    assuming that the middle line is the QR lever it would look like this. except that i wouldn't put it parallel to the seatstay.

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    I remember one of the first rides out at Flat Rock when the original loop was under construction. When we completed the ride, and were putting bikes on/in cars, someone (don't remember who) went to take their front wheel off, and the entire quick release and skewer were gone!! The only thing holding his wheel on his bike was the brakes. That was one lucky dude.

    Ben - To solve your problem replace the quick-release with a bolt and nut. That way you shouldn't have to worry about which way the quick release is pointing.
    Some are wise. Some are otherwise.

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    that came out all wrong.

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    wrong??

    well, Carlos, I followed your guidance and put my lever in the rear at the @#$!%!^&@*#^%$!#!$@%# position

    no problems so far but I think the front skewer is getting jealous
    what goes up, gets to come back down

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    comfort-able??

    if that dude lost his skewer at Comfort, wouldn't that qualify as discomfort?
    what goes up, gets to come back down

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    I think he would have experienced severe dis-Comfort if his wheel had fallen off, but it didn't due to his brakes holding it on. He was lucky because some of those original sections were really mean.
    Some are wise. Some are otherwise.

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    yeah that little figure came out all wrong, i meant.

    oh well.

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