The big round things your bike rolls on. Rims, spokes, hubs, etc. If it's all about the rubber part, "tire" tag is better.

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Will I notice the benefits of changing wheels?

I've got a 2010 Specialized Tarmac Comp. The wheels are Mavic Aksiums and are pretty well known to be dam heavy (but sturdy) I'm seriously considering swapping them for something like Fulcrum Racing ...
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Retrieving Loose Nipple from Inside Rim

So I have a wheelset that I really like, only problem is the first time I rode the wheels a nipple came off the spoke when I launched off a speed bump going downhill. For a long time it was silent ...
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How do I know if I can replace the 27 inch wheels with 700c wheels on my bike?

I recently purchased an 80's Japanese bike off craigslist called "Jupiter King." It has 27 inch tires but I want to switch to 700c for greater wheel/tire selection. I specifically want some nice ...
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Deformed/uneven/bumpy wheel/tire/tube, how to diagnose or repair?

My bike has a deformation in the rear wheel, almost surely not due to the rim. At some point the tire has a "valley", causing it to bump instead of rolling smoothly. I'd like to understand if I have ...
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Were these bearings defective?

A couple of days ago my girlfriend's bicycle broke. The rear wheel was stuck. Tonight I had finally some spare time to have a look. The bearings had failed, so much so that the wheel must have spun ...
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I assambled rear wheel hub, but now rear wheel is not turning freely

I disassambled/assambled rear wheel hub, but now rear wheel is not turning freely, what have i done wrong?
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How many speeds will fit on a wheel?

I have a cassette style wheel. How do I measure whether it will take a 7, 8, or 9 speed cassette?
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Best value for money on aero wheels

I cycle to work three times a week over a distance of 13 miles in both directions. I do approximately 20mph most of the way there and back and I am looking for ways to speed up the commute. Having ...
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Should I repack the hub bearings on new wheels with quality grease?

The wheels in question are inexpensive ($100/pair) alloy wheels. If the answer is "yes", do you have an recommendations for grease? Currently I'm using "Finish Line Grease with Teflon" for most of my ...
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Mountain bike axle diameters

Out of interest I would like to understand the benefits of having a 15mm or 20mm through axle over a 9mm QR (and a 10mm vs. a 12mm TA on the rear). What difference does it make to the ride?
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Wheel spokes & strength

I'm just about to buy a new bike. It comes with Shimano R501 wheels, which are rather lightly spoked (20 front, 24 rear). I weigh about 230lbs (I'm 6'6") - do you think it'll be worth getting a ...
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Are double walled rims worth the money?

I need a whole new front wheel. I have been around some of the bike shops in my city and found that the cheapest whole new wheel (wheel, tire, tube, tape) is about £55. I also asked at the shop I ...
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Does having machined brake surface on rims matter?

I'm looking at getting a wheelset with disc hubs and rim brakes to run on my disc and non-disc cross bikes. There are stock wheels that have velocity a23 rims, which are a poupular rim brake ...
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Putting wider wheels on a hybrid bike

I've recently had a bike donated to me by a friend so I can start commuting to work. It's a hybrid style bike, and uses 700x32C tyres. My ride to work is along a pretty bumpy, muddy canal path and my ...
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How can I tell if my wheels need replacing due to rim wear?

I have v-brakes which have started to groove my rims. What is the surest way to know if they need replacing?
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Are all ready-made wheels sold “cassette compatible” only?

I will have to change my wheels on my old trusty late-80s Peugeot (PS28) soon. The rear wheel is mounted with a freewheel-type 6-speed hub (not cassette). I was wondering if all ready-made wheels ...
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Just found a vintage Sears & Roebuck 'Ted Williams' Free Spirit 3 wheeler. Can I modernize it?

It's been in my girlfriends back yard for years and I'm under the impression that it's a pretty uncommon bike because I can't find any information on it. Her stepfather spray painted a camo pattern on ...
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Most effective upgrades on Road bike

Earlier this year I purchased my first road bike (a 2013 - Felt F75). I had never really ridden before, so I didn't want to spend too much money up front not knowing how much I would actually ride. ...
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How to build a wheel

I'm in the planning stage of building a new bike. This will be a light road bike for city runs and transport. For racing I have other bikes. I'd like to build the bike from ground up by assembling ...
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Rim tape doesn't quite meet, but covers all spoke holes - OK?

The ends of my rim tape are about 1mm apart, but the spoke holes are covered. Is this ok, or should I pull it off and start with a fresh roll? Here's a picture.
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How can I store my extra wheels on the wall efficiently, without hanging them by the rim?

I have 5 pair of extra wheels, which I would like to store on the wall efficiently. I am a little skittish about storing them using the rim since some of them are carbon wheels and I don't want to ...
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When truing a wheel, is it enough to only use a tension meter, and not a truing stand?

I presume that if you get all spoke tensions equal, and at the recommended tension for the spoke thickness, then the wheel will be true. My intention is to get a wheel reasonably true (laterally) by ...
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Wheel Build Questions for Those who have done it

To the experienced builders. What are the absolutely neccessary tools to build a reliable trued wheel? The wheel will be a 700c wheel for a standard road bike.
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Rear wheel odd shape (goes up and down) fixit or buy new?

I have what I think is Specialized Hardrock mountain bike. Recently, when riding on a flat surface the back wheel has a noticeable up-and-down movement with each spin. It is like ridding a horse in ...
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A general explanation of rim, tire and tube specifications

My bike's manufacturer page specifies that it has a rim size of 700CX14GX36H. It provides a tire size of 7X28C. It also mentions that it uses high performance 700C tires, which I think is also ...
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Front wheel getting misaligned while climbing hills

I've got a single speed bike with bullhorn handles. When I'm climbing steep hills I pull on the bullhorns quite hard, and once I'm back on a flat I'll occasionally find that the front wheel has become ...
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Why no wheels with rope instead of spokes?

Spokes in a wheel are (shall) be loaded always in tension. Seems like a simple rope of steel strings would do. Furthermore, uneven spoke tension can lead to lots of problems (among which loose ...
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Breaking spokes on adult tricycle

My mother is 60+ years old and 200+ lbs. She never learned to ride a bicycle, so she rides a Schwinn Town & Country adult tricycle. She loves it and rides it everyday, 2-5 miles everyday. The ...
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More freehub removal problems.

So helpful folks here helped me get the cog and lockring off, and now I'm stuck with this. I looked on Park's website again for "removal of freewheel" help, but mine didn't fit with any of the ...
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Mountain bike rear wheel tilts after remounting

Backstory: Total newbie regarding repairing cycles and the proper cycling terminology, so please take that into account. Actual story: I had a fall and the rear wheel started touching the brakes ...
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Why do my handlebars wobble left and right?

I got this bike secondhand, and so I don't know its history/what could have made it like that. And I mean they wobble while I'm holding them, not while I'm riding hands-free only. I've ridden a few ...
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Quick release wheel is either too tight or not tight enough

I had my front inner tube pop on me yesterday so I went ahead and changed it but when I put the wheel back on the bike I couldn't seem to tighten it properly without it being too tight, or not tight ...
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Do dry wheel bearings increase drag?

My kid trailer I have had for a few years has, in the past few weeks, been noticeably harder to pull. I checked it over and I found that not only are my wheel cones are a little loose, that I can ...
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How do you evaluate a wheelset?

I'd like to upgrade my wheels but beyond the price, I'm not sure how to compare different options or even to tell if a given wheel is an upgrade or a downgrade from my current wheelset. I'm looking ...
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Terry front wheel (ISO 520 vs 540), big difference?

Preamble I'm building up an old early 80s Terry Precision bicycle. Most of my time has been spent researching and sourcing the front wheel. It's a smaller frame which uses a smaller front wheel for ...
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Brake pads and removing the wheels

I am new to road bikes. I bought a new road bike. I wanted to take the front wheel out, but it was difficult because, despite of having "opened" the brake pads (with the quick release lever found on ...
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Rear wheel at edge of dropouts on a Surly Cross Check

The rear wheel on my Surly Cross Check is right at the edge of the rear dropout but the chain is tensioned correctly. If I move the wheel back into the dropout so it is comfortably in the middle, I ...
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Lock nuts on new hubs seem strangely tight, but can't seem to loosen them. Any advice?

As part of a new build I'm working on, I just had some wheels built up. The hubs are large flanged Miche Primatos with a double-sided fixed wheel. The rear wheel, straight out the box, seemed weirdly ...
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Mounting a 7-Speed Cassette on an 8/9 speed hub

I asked an earlier question regarding putting modern road wheels on my old steel frame. After clarifying a few things the main issue to me is the number of gears on the freehub. (The freehub I'm ...
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Sounds like there is stickiness on my tire, but there isn't!

I noticed starting yesterday my front tire has been making a strange sound. It sounds like there is a small piece of tar stuck to the front tire and it makes a faint noise of sticking and unsticking ...
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Can I fit slightly different tyre sizes

My current bike tyres are 26 x 2.0 (Manufacturer fitted tyres) Is it possible to fit 26 x 2.1 or 26 x 1.95 on these wheels or is this going to cause an issue?
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sealed hubs vs normal hubs

My lbs recommended sealed hubs to me. Here are my doubts. Seeing as how I never ride in the rain or any such wet substances, I don't really need the "sealed" feature. Sheldon Brown says that if ...
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Hookless rim benefits

I'm in a market for new 700c road wheels and noticed that, in addition to usual clincher and tubular, some companies sell rims in hookless variant. They don't seem to be significantly lighter compared ...
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Can i use a 10 speed hubbed wheel on my 7 speed/cassette bike?

I ride a 2005 Claud Butler San Remo with a Sora 7 cassette on the back. My back wheel has broke and is not repairable and I have bought an Ambrosio WS23 Wheel (700mm) with Bianchi hubs which I believe ...
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why do my pedals keep turning when i freewheel?

I've had my bike up on a stand to give it a clean. As I was cranking the pedals to clean the chain, then let the pedals go, I noticed that when the back wheel was freewheeling it would start the ...
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lacing Alfine wheel, trailing spokes inside or outside hub flange

I am about to lace an Alvine hub wheel. Reading Sheldon Browns article there is a suggestion that the trailing, and so key, spokes might be better laced the opposite of what would be done for a ...
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Any wheel on any fork / frame?

I have been braking for a bit too long with worn off brake pads on not so new rims so I basically killed them. I currently have the stock wheels of an FX Trek 7.2 bike. I will most probably change ...
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How much does nipple choice affect wheel weight/stiffness?

Would I be a fool to replace the nipples on a Dura Ace 7900 C24 wheelset with a set of DT Swiss anodised alloy nipples, in the interest of aesthetics? I want the bike to look nice, but don't want to ...
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Am I going to do any damage by swapping cassettes frequently?

I've got a separate wheelset for cylocross riding and road riding. Would it be detrimental to the life of my cassette or hubs If I swapped the cassette between my road and off-road wheelset ...
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Can I lace my hub with all inward or outward facing spoke heads?

It seems conventional wisdom says to alternate inward vs outward spoke heads going around the flange when lacing a wheel, like this: However, I'm wondering what the reason for this is, and if it ...