Mick F wrote:Defacing the Queen's coinage eh?
That's a hanging offence I believe.
Yes, chrome is a hard metal, and the QRs won't bite into it to make a good grip. Copper washers is a good idea, but as a good citizen and faithful subject of HMQ, I'd buy the washers.
Chromium is indeed a hard metal. Chromium plating is however so thin that the underlying metal takes ll of the strain and will deform under a point load almost exactly as if not chromed. Chrome has of course a good polish and an unusually smooth surface. This will make slipping more likely.
To answer an earlier query, the springs on the skewer are designed to centre the axle in the hub thus making it easier to fit the wheel. They do this very effectively.