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May 26, 2006

Safe Bicycles Need Two Wheels!

A man injured when the front wheel of his mountain bike came off as he rode it over a bump on a motocross course has sued the bicycle manufacturer, a manufactuer of some of the bike's components and the bicycle shop from which the bike was purchased in the late 1980s or early 1990s.  The quick-release hub was apparently not fastened properly, causing the wheel to separate from the front fork in which it was mounted.  Beginning about a decade ago, bicycle manufacturers began to use a fork design that prevents the wheel from falling off even when the quick-release hub on the wheel is not properly fastened.  The injury victim's bike used an earlier fork design without this safety feature.  See the article by Tom Sharpe in the Santa Fe New Mexican.


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