Re: [CR] The mid-70's front-wheel QR bike?

(Example: Framebuilding)

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Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 10:56:28 -0500
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Subject: Re: [CR] The mid-70's front-wheel QR bike?

Ok, how about ... "You can easily take off the front wheel to put the bike in your car trunk or station wagon tail gate", or "If you take the front wheel inside with you, then no one can ride off on your bike". There are plenty of good uses to advertise, I'd imagine.

Ciao, Mark Agree Southfield MI USA ~ ~ ~ .

Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 22:17:33 -0800 From: donald gillies <> Subject: [CR] The mid-70's front-wheel QR bike? To: _classicrendezvous@bikelist.org_ (

Does anyone have any insight into this crazy 1970's idea of how to build a low-end bike? Around about 1974, Raleigh went to QR hubs front and rear, even on the lowly $125 grand prix model. Meanwhile, several japanese brands started to arrive at our shores with a quick release hub ... only on the front! Please, pray-tell, how does this help the buyer? You still have to carry an adjustable wrench in case you get a flat, and now thieves can steal your front wheel or your whole bike and so you need to lock the front wheel every time!

Worse than no QRs at all, imho !!

What were the bike designers thinking? If you worked in a shop back then, what would you say to the customer to justify the bike ??

- Don Gillies
San Diego, CA, USA