Field Tested: Paul Components 25th Anniversary quick release skewers

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Just like an inner tube, the lowly quick-release skewer doesn’t get much credit for contributing to a bike’s performance. I like to think of them as the all-important rhythm section, like the bass player and drummer, doing their duty while the lead singer and guitarist get all the attention.

In 1989—the year our sister publication Dirt Rag was launched—Paul Price sold his first product, a seatpost quick release mechanism, followed by quick release skewers for wheels. Hubs, brakes, cranks and other Paul components followed, and Price decided a QR facelift was overdue for 2014, so he went back to the drawing board and fired up the CNC machines in Chico.

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The main job of a proper skewer is to provide ease of tightening and loosening front and rear wheels, but provide ample bite so as not to loosen while pedaling. The 25th Anniversary cam-action skewers have orange 7075 anodized aluminum oval heads, stainless steel shafts, with stainless steel and aluminum handles with just the right amount of curve to make it easy on the palm of your hands to press against the fork blade or rear triangle. I especially like the orange O-ring on the nuts, which look cool and make it easy to hold in place when tightening or loosening. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Sizes available 100mm (standard front), 130/135mm, 170 and 190mm. Reported weights are 50g, 63g, 68g and 72g, respectively. Available in silver or black for $50 per wheel.


Editor’s note: This review originally appeared in Issue #34 of Bicycle Times. To make sure you never miss a bike review, order a subscription and you’ll be ready for the everyday cycling adventure.

 

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Field Tested: Paul Components Gino light mount

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You’ve either taken up most of your handlebar real estate with a GPS, smartphone, or bell, or you’re the type who prefers an uncluttered cockpit. But, you ride plenty when the sun goes down or hasn’t risen yet, and understand the need for proper lighting. If your favorite bike has M5 threaded fork dropout eyelets, mid-fork braze-ons, and/or seatstay rack mounts or rear dropout eyelets, the Paul Components Gino Light Mount is just the ticket.

Made in Chico, California of anodized 6061 aluminum, the 30-gram, 26mm-diameter light mount installs quickly and easily with a threaded bolt, providing a nice attachment point to your battery-operated headlight. Like a car, you benefit from a beam cast at a shallower angle, revealing the true nature of what lies ahead as you pedal to your next destination. You can also attach another one of these $24 gems—which come in silver or black—on the rear of your bike to use your red battery-powered lights.

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You may have to replace your provided bolt for a longer one if you’re adding the Gino to an eyelet already occupied by a fender or rack stay, like I did on my wife’s daily commuter bike. She noticed the improved low lighting immediately. Some baskets (like the Portland Design Works’ TakeOut) have braze-ons for the Gino, something to consider if your fork or frame lacks proper fittings.


Editor’s note: This review originally appeared in Issue #34 of Bicycle Times. To make sure you never miss a bike review, order a subscription and you’ll be ready for the everyday cycling adventure.

 

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