Pinhead Skewer Review
On our last tour, locks and cables were the heaviest items we carried. Securing our bike frames is one thing; keeping our wheels from walking off is another matter. Pinhead skewers are a good, simple solution for keeping your wheels attached to your frame.
The skewers are very simple: they consist of a titanium bolt, a washer, a nut, and a key. The nut has a smooth, convex surface with three embossed dimples. The key has matching protrusions that fit into the dimples and let you turn the nut. Without the key the nut cannot be loosened.
Here's the front wheel of Mary's bike secured with the Pinhead. Without the matching key you cannot get the wheel off. Of course, that means you always have to have your key with you! Each key is serialized. If your key is lost, Pinhead can issue a replacement as long as you have the serial number.
They also have a seat post skewer to keep your Brooks saddle from sprouting wings. The seat post collar they provided did not fit our bikes (I don't remember why) – we had to get new ones.
All in all I would say this is a good product. It is expensive at CAD $60 for a set of two skewers for the wheels and one for the seat post. But that's a lot cheaper than a new set of wheels (or a saddle). It's a good way to cut down on the dead weight of a heavy cable. And with the start of another touring season,it's one less thing to worry about when locking up.