lotus49 wrote: alfablue wrote:
I don't think they are much of a nuisance; everyone is in such a rush these days
. Unless you're racing, just take the extra 2.1 seconds to remove the wheel and be thankful that this is protecting the stupid and careless from themselves.
In the UK people are expected to suffer the consequences of their own stupidity. I think that this is a good idea. It helps to improve the gene pool. There is no point in suing someone because they didn't try to stop you doing something idiotic but sadly in the US law suits that would be regarded as frivolous in the UK often succeed.
This is the only reason that lawyer tabs exist and I don't think that's a very good reason. The whole point of a quick release is that you can release it quickly. Having to unscrew it and then screw it back again, possibly to a different tension is a waste of time considering that a properly done up QR will be safe, lawyer tabs or not.
Having said that, I was just curious. It's not something that keeps me awake at night. Perhaps I shouldn't have bought a US bike (mine's a Giant)
I don't agree about stupidity. Failing to do up your QR's is human error, you may brand it as stupid, but it is an error rather than a poor (stupid) choice, humans will
err. In life we have many devices to prevent harms in the case of error (you don't want stall alarms on aircraft, for example?).
Calling them lawyer tabs does not mean they are purely to avoid litigation, and indeed this is just a slang term for them.
In terms of quick release, they are still quick release because you don't need a spanner to undo them. The extra time it takes is in my experience, no more than a second.
I presume you must be racing if this time is so crucial.