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I usually install it so that the writings on the hub are not upside down when seated on the bike, but does it matters at all? I'm thinking it does not since everything seems symmetrical and my tires don't have directional thread patterns. Can the cones adjustment or locknuts be affected in any way?
 

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Usually, the quick release lever goes on the non-drive side...the side opposite the chain.
 

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Usually, the quick release lever goes on the non-drive side...the side opposite the chain.
Yeah I always put it there. Just realised that the rest of the wheel has been rotated for a little while, didn't seem to have any effect but I wanted to make sure.
 

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The only thing that plays here is aesthetics and convention, nothing more. From that stand point:

1) QR's are always on the non-drive side.

2) The hub labels should be right side up while standing on the bike.
 

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The other day I helped a young lady prep her bike for a big ride. I put her front wheel on backwards. Her speedo didn't work. My cheeks were pink.

Put the skewer on the left.
 

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The other day I helped a young lady prep her bike for a big ride. I put her front wheel on backwards. Her speedo didn't work. My cheeks were pink.

Put the skewer on the left.
I was wondering what the hell her wheel had to do with her swimsuit... Then I got it!

I had never put the wheel backwards when I had a magnet. But now I use Garmin speed sensor and attach it to the back wheel, so it's not a good reminder anymore.
 

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Gee....I've always put my front QR on the right side. Just looks better that way...

But, if you have directional tires, the chevrons on the tire tread are supposed to be pointing forward.
 

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Back in the day when everyone rode box rims, the rims would often have a sticker on them, so that when you built a front wheel, the hub label and the rim label had to go in the same direction The QR always went on the left.
 

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people photograph bikes from the drive side.... looks cleaner without the quick release.


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Well, I'm right-handed, and it's just easier for me that way-hold the bike with the left hand while I tighten it.
 

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Gee....I've always put my front QR on the right side. Just looks better that way...
i place the front skewer lever on the drive-side. i just like seeing one skewer lever (front) and one skewer nut (rear) from the drive-side. rim labels always face the drive side. hub labels are right side up when looking down on them. tire labels are always centered over the valve stem, drive-side.

and some tires are directional.
 

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I'm right-handed as well, it's no problem to have the QR on the left side.
Well, here's the deal:

I take my bike (sans front wheel) off my Yakima rack, fit the front wheel on the ground, holding the bike from the non-drive side (to keep from getting chain marks on my leg), and bend over the bike to tighten the QR lever. If the lever were on the left side, I'd have to either tighten it with my left hand, or else hold the bike away from myself while tightening the lever, making it difficult to keep the wheel aligned in the fork while tightening. So the lever stays on the drive side for me.
 

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Well, here's the deal:

I take my bike (sans front wheel) off my Yakima rack, fit the front wheel on the ground, holding the bike from the non-drive side (to keep from getting chain marks on my leg), and bend over the bike to tighten the QR lever. If the lever were on the left side, I'd have to either tighten it with my left hand, or else hold the bike away from myself while tightening the lever, making it difficult to keep the wheel aligned in the fork while tightening. So the lever stays on the drive side for me.
Bizarre. You shouldn't have to align the front wheel in the fork - it should be centered in the fork with the bike sitting on the ground and the QR open. You either have a bent fork or a dished front wheel.

And yes, somehow virtually the entire rest of the world has figured out how to easily tighten the front QR when it is on the left side of the bike.
 

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Another question regarding my Shimano front wheel.

I left just a little play when adjusting the hub preload (backed off 1/32 turn when cones made contact with bearings) When mounted on the bike with almost no QR pressure, I can feel the play by moving the rim side to side, which gives a slight knocking sensation. When I fully close the QR, I can't feel the knocking anymore. But if I seat on the bike and do the same test, there's a very small knock that can be felt when the rim is in certain positions. I guess that means I still have too much play, even if the "classic" test is conclusive?
 

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Another question regarding my Shimano front wheel.

I left just a little play when adjusting the hub preload (backed off 1/32 turn when cones made contact with bearings) When mounted on the bike with almost no QR pressure, I can feel the play by moving the rim side to side, which gives a slight knocking sensation. When I fully close the QR, I can't feel the knocking anymore. But if I seat on the bike and do the same test, there's a very small knock that can be felt when the rim is in certain positions. I guess that means I still have too much play, even if the "classic" test is conclusive?
i don't do a "seated" test.

if there's no play with the skewer tightened normally (not overtightened) while i'm off the bike, i'd call it good. i like a little play when wheel is mounted and skewer is loose (before tightening).
 
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