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Whats an axel on a bike?

I was looking how to build a ski bike and i came apon something called an axel but i dont know what an axel is on a bike. So all i need to know is what an axel is and where it is located.


seandogue4 years ago
An axle is what you might consider a "rod" in layman's terms.

An axle is a rod which is a fixed loosely to something that spins. In a bike, the axles are the rods that connect the front and rear wheels to the bicycle's front and rear forks.

In a real situation, axles often have a set of bearings that sit in cups (races) on each side of the axle, to reduce friction and provide for a smoother spin.

technically, the cranckshaft is also an axle, although that's called a crank in the bike world. the pedals themselves have axles...So does the front fork, which uses the stem as an axle thru the front end of the bike frame and which "spins" when you turn the handle bars.

But specifically, when people talk about axles on bikes, they usually mean the ones connected to the wheels and don't get all generalistic like some unnamed parties...<coughs>
My bike repair guy calls them "skewers". Maybe that's why he doesn't know what an axle is.
Properly spelled 'apon, (pronounced "eh-pone") a small chicken, as said by a small group of people living in a tiny, little known, fictitious village of northwest France, known for their use of silent "C"s

dont is easy. I hat a dont wit my coffy this morning
wus it a gely dont.
nuhuh a plane dont I doan like gely donts

(poor kid probably thinks were jibbing him. I'm not, just playing word games..I get it, he's fifteen and curious. that's enough for me. At least he didn't say "wut" or use that obnoxious "circuit-bending" phrase)
It's easy to get side tracked playing the texting game and get off the thread. No insult meant to the original poster.
Ok, this is the fifth attempt to respond. the first time it magically dissapeared, the second it duplicated my reply to kelsey, the third, and fourth it duplicated my silly dont reply shown below your "wuz it a gely dont" comment

Editor, js, or some other site aspect is screwed up.

As I recall, skewers refers to the quick-release mechanism. At least that's what I remember from the late 70s and early 80s when they became more common on mid-end bikes
I believe you may be right about the quick release axels being called skewers. That's what mine is and I never heard it before until now..
onrust4 years ago
Axmel Folley, would you like a coffee with a little lemon twist? I do believe the axel is the threaded part that rests on the frame and if it is a quick release, the skewer goes through it.
frollard4 years ago
I couldn't help it.
axel on a bike.PNG
Wow! That Axel is 'F'-ing great!
*Not bad for ms paint at 3am.
kelseymh4 years ago
What is an "apon"? And I'm afraid I don't know what a "dont" is, either.
Properly spelled 'apon, (pronounced "eh-pone") a small chicken, as said by a small group of people living in a tiny, little known, fictitious village of northwest France, known for their use of silent "C"s

dont is easy. I hat a dont wit my coffy this morning
I think it's a verb.