QR skewer for tandem, or not?

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Dan Baker

> I need to replace skewers on my tandem, and would like to go with decent Ti.
ok, now that I have seen the error of my ways, and am looking at SS skewers. ;) The question comes
to mind whether I would be better served by Shimano-style, Salsa-style, or bolt-style.

Being a tandem, I dont really take the front wheel off to put it on a rack, I just slide the whole
thing into my Van. So QR isnt a priority except for hassle in flat-changing.

There have been some mentions that clamping force is better with Shimano style QR endcaps. I am
wondering if anyone has actually had any problems with Salsa SS on a road tandem.

Also wondering about the pros/cons of bolt-style besides the obvious pain when fixing flats versus
the lighter weight without levers.
- are the skewers stronger/weaker?
- is the clamping force as high, and/or as consistant as a QR? Depends on "feel" I suppose and how
tight you get it with a short wrench.

I figure the weight of a 5mm allen wrench is no more than the QR levers, and I carry a multi-tool
that has a 5mm anyway, so its about a wash for that consideration.

Finally, if bolt-ons are the way to go, where can I get 145mm and what would be a high-quality OEM?
so far I've only seen 135mm on the web.

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