We owe the brilliance of quick release, or QR, skewers to the legendary Tullio Campagnolo. Campagnolo invented the cam-mechanism quick release skewer in 1930, a design that is still in use nearly 90 years later. Quick release skewers make the task of removing your front wheel to fix a puncture or carry your bike in a car a breeze, saving you time and effort or allowing you to get back into the race.
While the original cam-based mechanism is still frequently used, there are many styles of quick release skewers available to suit a wide range of applications. To go with traditional bike skewers there are now a multitude of quick-release through axles for the latest forks and frames, as well as security quick releases that are ideal for commuters by providing skewers that are very secure but still easy to remove in a hurry.
They might be relatively simple, but quick release skewers make your life a lot easier and also provide an additional canvas for adding some style to your bike.