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Cycledrome Bicycle Shop
Mon - Wed: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thu, Fri: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun: Closed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Feature Items

  • Finish Line Shock Oil (8-Ounce Bottle)
    $18.99

    Shock Oil is a semi-synthetic formulation that combines the best of available oils and additives for a super suspension oil. It's fully compatible with all systems and… [more]

  • Park Tool HCW-5 Double-Ended Lockring Spanner
    $15.95

    Park's Crank and Bottom Bracket Wrench is perfect for working on old-style bottom brackets. The HCW-5 is a dual-sided lockring hook spanner, featuring a three-prong side… [more]

  • Mirrycle Incredibell Big Brass
    $12.00

    Mirrcyle's Incredibell Big Brass makes a dual-tone, melodic ring with the beautifully resonant ding of solid brass. Its compact size lets you mount it just about… [more]

  • TruVativ Giga Pipe Team DH Bottom Bracket
    $56.00 - $63.00

    Downhillers and freeriders need tough gear that can handle the abuse of big air and huge drops. TruVativ's Giga Pipe Team DH Bottom Bracket uses four sealed cartridge… [more]

  • SRAM PC-951 9-Speed Chain
    $19.99
    Product Rating
     
    4.5 stars
     (2 Reviews)

    The PC-951 is SRAM's most economical PowerChain and maintains their high standards of quality. It boasts tough chrome-hardened pins for durability and accurate shifting.… [more]

  • Specialized P2 Overendz Bar Ends
    $25.00
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (2 Reviews)

    Specialized's P2 Overendz Bar Ends increase your hand positions and boost your leverage for climbing, too. They're made from nylon composite for minimal weight and… [more]

  • Park Tool Crank Puller (Octalink / Isis)
    $15.99

    Park's Crank Puller is for removing crankarms on Shimano's splined, oversize, pipe-billet bottom brackets. It employs a long handle and a fine thread for the leverage… [more]

  • Park Tool Mini Chain Brute Chain Tool
    $16.99
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (1 Review)

    Park's Mini Chain Brute Chain Tool goes anywhere and features a V-shaped handle, a super-strong replaceable pin, and fine threads to make chain removal and installation… [more]

  • Park Tool Hex Tool
    $8.99 - $11.99

    Specially designed for crank bolts, freehub removals and pedal installs and removals, Park's Hex Tools are built for speed, leverage and comfort. Their super-precise hex… [more]

  • Mirrycle Incredibell XL
    $10.00

    The Incredibell XL is louder and a little larger, but with the same unique pivoting dinger that keeps it compact for fitting on packed handlebars. [more]

  • Mirrycle Incredibell Jellibell
    $12.99
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (1 Review)

    The Mirrycle Jellibell is a fun way to let pedestrians and other riders know you're coming! The Jellibell has a see-through top so you can see the gears spin as it… [more]

  • Saris Sentinel 3-Bike
    $89.99
    Product Rating
     
    3.0 stars
     (1 Review)

    Saris’ Sentinel 3-Bike rack is ready to go right out of the box, easy to mount, and, thanks to its narrow arm spread, securely holds three bikes. The frame adjusts to… [more]

  • Park Tool Crank Puller (Square Taper)
    $15.99
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (1 Review)

    A favorite of shop mechanics for over 30 year's, Park's CCP-22 Crank Puller removes crankarms that feature square tapers, and those that fit on Power Drive and Power… [more]

  • Park Tool Professional Cable And Housing Cutter
    $37.95

    Park’s Professional Cable And Housing Cutter is specifically for use on derailleur and brake cables and housing. It even makes quick work of hard-to-cut shift-cable… [more]

  • Burley Classic Hitch
    $29.00

    Burley's Classic Hitch makes a great replacement for lost or damaged hitches. This replacement hitch attaches to the trailer's tow bar and switches easily between… [more]

  • SRAM X9 9-Speed Rear Derailleur (Long-cage)
    $77.00

    SRAM's X9 Rear Derailleur is favored by everyone from weekend rippers to marathon riders crossing the Alps. It offers a great balance of durability, low weight and slick… [more]

  • Park Tool Bottom Bracket Tool (Octalink / Isis)
    $15.95

    Park's BBT-18 is a heavy duty, investment cast tool for installing and removing all Shimano, ISIS Drive, and ISIS Overdrive 8-notch bottom bracket cups. [more]

  • Fox Launch Elbow Pads
    $49.95

    Fox's Launch Elbow pads feature a ribbed hard shell forearm and elbow cup for superior impact and trail rash protection. The molded Biofoam chassis dissipates force in… [more]

 

Be Safe! Use Quick Releases Correctly!

Please note that this video shows the quick release being unscrewed and removed from the wheel so that you can see all the parts. But, when using your quick releases you only need to unscrew or screw them in for adjusting the tightness, and you would never need to remove them completely except for hub repairs. Please read this entire page for full instructions on quick release use.

Incorrect quick-release use is dangerous because these mechanisms hold the wheels in place. The most common mistake is simply turning the lever like a nut until the wheel seems tight. Used this way the lever and wheel can loosen as you ride leading to catastrophe.

Watch this video and read the instructions below to learn how to properly use a quick release.

Please contact us if you're still unsure how to use this crucial piece of equipment after reading this tutorial.

Get to know your quick release. Click here for a close-up of the quick release showing all the parts.

Inspecting Your Quick Release

There are two ways to tell if the lever is open: most levers are marked "open" and "closed" so look for these markings. Also, levers are usually curved. When the bend protrudes outward like a bump, the lever is closed. When the bend is cupped, the lever is open. Closing and opening the lever requires flipping it 180 degrees, not spinning it.

Read the qick release lever to tell if it's safe. If it reads "open," the wheel can come off!!Read the lever to tell if it's safe. If it reads "open," the wheel can come off!!

Even if the lever reads "closed" and looks right, it's a good idea to test how tight it is by trying to open it by pulling on it. If it resists, it's tight and safe. If it opens with only a little effort, it's not tight enough. Follow our directions to tighten it.

Adjusting And Closing Your Quick Release

Animated Quick ReleaseWith the wheel centered in the fork (or frame), adjust the quick release by opening it, holding both ends and turning one clockwise until, when you close the lever, you feel some resistance. At this point, try to close the lever. The adjustment is correct when you can fully close the lever but with some effort (the lever should leave its impression in the palm of your hand). If you can only close the lever part way, open it, unscrew the adjustment slightly and try again.

Removing And Installing Your Wheel

Most forks have wheel-retention tabs on them, which are small protrusions that keep a loose wheel from falling out of the dropouts. The quick release must be open and adjusted by unscrewing to clear these tabs when you remove and install the wheel.

Quick Release - Removing and Installing Your Wheel

To do this, hold both ends of the quick release and turn one counterclockwise to unscrew it until there's enough clearance for the wheel to drop out of or fit into the fork (note that this adjustment is unnecessary on most rear wheels because retention tabs aren't used).

Quick Release Tips

  • The quick-release levers should be on the left side of the bike.
  • Quick releases must be fully closed to ensure safety.
  • If you close the lever in such a way that it aligns with the fork (see animation) and stays, you'll have something to grip while squeezing the lever. It'll also keep the lever tucked away where it can't snag anything, which might happen leaning your bike next to another in a bike rack, for example.
  • If you ever unscrew the quick release until it comes apart, don't panic! Just try not to lose the little springs. They're not crucial and the quick release will work without them. They're only there to provide spring pressure to maintain some clearance between the ends of the quick release and the axle locknuts to make it easier to slide the wheel into the frame. To reinstall the springs, make sure that the narrow ends point inward (see photo).

Basic Maintenance

  • Periodically Lube Your Quick ReleaseAbout once a month, lube your quick-release levers because dry levers won't work well and can feel tight when they're not.
  • Aluminum quick-release levers usually press against bushings as you close the lever. Lightly lube where the lever contacts the bushing (photo), to keep the quick release operating properly.
  • Steel levers usually pivot inside the cap. Apply lube to trickle inside the lever's pivot point.
  • If there's a nut or screw holding the lever (look beneath the cap), snug it with a wrench or screwdriver to make sure it's tight.
 

Cycledrome Bicycle Shop

Cycledrome Bicycle Shop | 8150 Hamilton Blvd, Breinigsville, PA 18031

Phone: (610) 398-6631

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