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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Comparing gear ratios on different bike types

How can I compare gear ratios on different wheel sizes? How can I compare gear ratios on MTB with tracking bikes with bigger wheels? How can I compare gear ratios with gear hubs?
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Why are hand-built wheels considered to be better than machine-built wheels?

Why are hand-built wheels considered to be better than machine-built wheels? I would think that a machine-built wheel would be better and cheaper, since machines generally do a more precise job than ...
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Touching the front wheel with my foot when turning

My girlfriend got a new city bike today and she touches the front wheel every time she has to make a hard turn. Is there anyway to avoid this besides replacing the whole bike? LATER EDIT: I think I ...
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Rear wheel stuck (not moving)

I have a Mongoose XR-150. Just brought it from Craigslist a month ago. Suddenly while biking today, the rear wheel got jammed. It just stopped moving, however hard I tried to pedal. Immediately ...
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Spokes keep breaking - bad hub or bad build?

Background information A bit of background information (I'll try keep it brief): Last year I bought an old but unused bike, 5 speeds with internal gearing. Apparently the shop bought a lot of bikes ...
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Time Trial/ Tri Aero Wheels Query

I am in constant debate with my colleague regarding the use of aero tt/triathlon wheels (82/101) for normal/general road use (fear of buckling etc?). I was wondering what peoples thoughts were on ...
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Are these Xero Lite XSR-3 Wheels suitable for cross riding / racing?

I have a set of Xero Lite XSR-3 Wheels. I tend to ride dirt, gravel, and some singletrack on my cross bike and sometimes some cross races. Would I be able to swap this wheelset on to my cross bike ...
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Can I run rim brakes on a disc rim?

I'm trying to buy a front wheel which will work with both disc and rim brakes so that I can use it on my cross bike (with rim brakes) and my mountain bike (with disc brakes) with a dynamo hub to power ...
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What is a modern equivalent to “fir el 201” rims

What is a comparable modern-day rim to these "fir el 201" rims? I believe they came stock on a 1996 Bianchi Eros. I need to replace the rims, and I am trying to gauge the quality that I am used to ...
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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 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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Suspension Fork Axles

I'm looking to upgrade my suspension forks from Rock Shox Dart 3 to something like Rock Shox Sektor RL. A lot of the forks have either a 15 or 20 mm axle, or 'Maxle'. What does this mean? Will this ...
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Calibrate Tensiometer

I want to calibrate my Park Tool TM-1 for my weird spokes. I want to build a box with some kind of weight mesuring device where a spoke can be put under 1600N of tension. Rummers on other boards say ...
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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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How does a two wheel drive bike work?

A two wheel drive bike is a bike without a motor that can still turn. The front and back wheel both get power. How does a bike with this type of drivetrain work?
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Tensioning rear wheel?

Tensioning a front wheel is - at least in theory - very simple: Go around and tighten each nipple by e.g. a quarter turn. Then re-adjust trueness if necessary. I guess if I'd do the same to a ...
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What causes a wheel to suddenly go out of true?

This morning I noticed that my wheel was suddenly out of true and rubbing against the brake pad at one point. My first guess was that I had broken a spoke, but all of them seem to be intact. A few ...
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Spoke tension is way off but wheel is true, How do I fix this

After truing my front wheel, it seems that it is laterally true. However, the spoke tension seem very uneven, with a few spokes that are very taut next to other spokes which are more loose. If it ...
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How effective is checking spoke tension by ear?

Sheldon Brown's Wheelbuilding page links to the article: Check Spoke Tension by Ear. Obviously a tensiometer would be ideal, but Sheldon suggests that checking spoke tension by ear is a reasonable ...
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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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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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Front wheel inexplicably misaligned

I have a Civia Bryant which I ride around the city and to work everyday. Yesterday, while walking the bike into my apartment building, I noticed that there were noises coming from the front wheel. ...
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Does a 700c wheel help you go faster?

Someone suggested going with a 700c wheel to go faster, and after thinking about it I am wondering if a larger wheel actually does go faster. I understand that your gears will cause a wheel to rotate ...
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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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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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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 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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How to Inflate Tires

I recently got a new beginners road bike: http://www.amazon.com/Takara-Kabuto-Single-Speed-Road/dp/B004W8LG1S/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top And an air pump: ...
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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 to buy machine-built wheels for a touring bike?

I may be in the market for a wheelset for my touring bike, a 2004 Jamis Aurora. I know very little about buying wheels; what are the things I should consider? I don’t need anything fancy, and I’d like ...
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I need help replacing my bike's tube

I recently popped the tube in my front tire and need help replacing it. I don't really know very much about bikes or the assortment of numbers on tubes, tires, and wheels. Here is what I do know: The ...
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Deep-Profile Carbon Wheels — How to choose depth?

I'm doing research for a future purchase of new wheels (for everyday riding) for a 2012 Cannondale CAAD10 Ultegra. I want to spend ~$1000 (give or take $200 or so). In my price range I've found: Boyd ...
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What alternative spoke lacing patterns exist (that make a decent wheel)? [closed]

I'd like to know of all the 'normal' ways to spoke a wheel. Currently, if you want to use a non-standard pattern, you have to run the length computations a number of times; for example, in a 3-spoke ...
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When should a wheel be replaced?

I an not talking about upgrading. How do you know when to buy new wheels because the other ones have worn out? How do you tell a wheel is worn out? I can always true a wheel back to true. And nothing ...
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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 ...
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Oil/Anti-seize on outside of nipple when building a wheel?

I just took apart my old wheelset which let some delightful snaps out as I loosened the nipples that were seized to the rims. I'm wondering what the benefits would be of a small amount of anti-seize ...
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Why offset the rear rim to the hub and not the hub in the frame?

I'm currently reading The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt, and I'm reading all of the issues with offsetting the rear rim toward the drive side of the hub... Asymmetry in a rear wheel built for a ...
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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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Wheel spokes missing

I have 5 spokes missing. Is it OK to ride on it, and how long will it last, or will my wheel just break on me? I will be going to work on it every day.
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What should I use, VeloPlugs, Rim Tape, or Rubber Rim Strips in new wheels?

I'm building two new sets of mountain bike 26" wheels, and I'm wondering what to go with. Both are double walled rims, so in addition to the standard rim tape and strips, I can use a product like ...
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What are the pros and cons of Double Butted vs Straight Spokes when building a wheel?

Straight spokes will have the same diameter through the whole length, double butted spoked are thinner in the middle than at the ends. Here's my current understanding of the benefits of each: Double ...
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Which spokes to get, Wheelsmith or DT Swiss Spokes?

I'm building two sets of 26" wheels, one pair of 32h triple cross with Bullseye hubs with machined sidewalls for rim brakes, and another pair of 24h double cross with Alex A-Class hubs with Sun rims ...
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What crankset should I buy to suit an 8 Speed Campy freehub?

I've just bought a pair of campagnolo/mavic wheels without a freewheel. I'm finding it very hard to understand what will fit on the rear hub. It's English thread, does this mean that any 8 speed ...
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How long should a bike last before the wheels wobble?

I bought a bike for my girlfriend about six months ago. It's a women's road bike. She's rode it a bit, but all of it on the road. She's never crashed it and it's always been in good care. She's ...
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Why does a 28 1/3 tyre fit, when a 27 1/4 tyre is too big?

I've just bought these rims off eBay: ...
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Advice on aero wheels

I have decided to buy new wheels for this season. I'm currently riding the Bontrager Race Lite wheels that came with my bike, and now it's time to move to aero wheels to keep up. I'll do about 1300 km ...
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How do I correctly align the brake disc with the callipers when replacing my quick-release wheel?

My bike's front wheel is quick-release (QR), but the rear has a traditional skewer (because of the hub gears). It also has disc brakes, and as you'd expect, there isn't a lot of clearance between the ...
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What's the benefit of a titanium skewer?

What's the benefit of using titanium skewer beside the fact that it's light? Is it strong enough to hold my weight?
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Carbon 700c Wheels: What does 33/50/60/88 mm refer to?

I've been browsing 700c carbon rims on ebay, and noticed most are listed with the 33/50/60/88/etc mm in the title. What does this represent? It doesn't appear to be spoke/nipple holes. ...
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Crosswind effect on an aerodynamic front wheel vs a rear wheel

I am looking to purchase a new wheelset in the not too distant future and am debating between wheels that are 58mm and 85mm deep. Or, and this is the part I'm curious about, a hybrid of the two. (58 ...