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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

2
votes
2answers
619 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
151 views

What are advantages of bigger wheel?

What's the advantages of bigger wheel? I feel that it's more forgiving on rough road, giving that the tyre width and pressure are the same. Is it just my imagination? Since population height is ...
2
votes
4answers
921 views

Wheel size for heavier rider, larger vs smaller

I am a heavier rider, whilst still reducing, I am over 120kg or 260lb. I have broken many spokes on the rear of my 26er sub-$500 mountain bike. Broken at the elbow. There could be many factors for ...
2
votes
4answers
5k views

Different tire and rim widths front and back - Why? Should I replace one?

I just bought a Trek 7.2 hybrid bike on Ebay and got the surprise (didn't read the listing closely!) that the front and back tires and rims are different widths. I am wondering if I should give it a ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Why is there so much friction on my rear wheel?

With the chain detached, when I spin my rear wheel it slows down really quickly (2 turns?) as if the brakes are lightly on. The brakes are well clear of the wheel though. Any idea what it might be? ...
2
votes
1answer
77 views

What should I look for in a new front wheel for my heavy body?

I broke my second front wheel last night when I hit a dip that rose too quickly on the far side. The wheel didn't get a chance to redirect the force upward before all my weight went behind it. I'm a ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

What does a “dished” wheel mean? How to tighten spokes on such a wheel, without a spoke tension meter?

Should all the rear wheel spokes have equal tension? Or should the spokes from the side of the cassette be tighter, in order to skew to wheel in that direction, and the wheel to be centered in the ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

What are the differences between road rims/wheels and hybrid?

I recently purchased a carbon fiber wheel for my bike. It turns out the wheel isn't right for my hybrid bike for a number of reasons: brake availability, hub diameter, rim width, etc. So now I'm on ...
2
votes
1answer
257 views

When turning a corner my rear wheel touches the brake pad, is this normal?

I replaced my brake pads about a week ago and today I noticed that, when turning (or generally under lateral force), the rim touches one of the brake pads (depending on which way I'm turning. I ...
2
votes
4answers
154 views

Direction of chain whip

Is there an easy way of working out which way round to apply a chain whip to a cassette for its removal? I've taken plenty of them off in my time but always end up having a couple of tries at it ...
2
votes
3answers
226 views

Wheel bust after 10 months, is this normal / usually covered by warranty?

Not sure if this is the right place to ask... I bought new bike about 10 months ago. The past few weeks I've had no end of trouble with the rear wheel (Mavic Aksium) in regards to spokes. About 4-5 ...
2
votes
4answers
6k views

How can I remove a stuck rear cassette?

I've been trying in vain to remove a rear cassette that I myself installed about a year ago. I may have over-tightened the lock ring and now I can't remove it no matter what position I hold the ...
2
votes
1answer
491 views

How to grease a hub?

I have a question about hub, When should I grease my hub ? every 20000 km ? How do I know it needs new grease ? Because I can not see if the grease is dry or not...? Thanks
2
votes
3answers
1k views

Are there any cyclocross/road bike rims that I could buy that will fit on my Cannondale F600 mountain bike?

I want to be able to ride my mountain bike on roads, but the sound of the mountain tires on the road is annoying. Can I just buy rims that will fit cyclocross or road bike tires? My bike has disk ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

How to properly calculate wheel diameter (rim+tire)?

Is it true that 26" rim actual diameter is 25.625"? How does tire size affect wheel diameter? Is there any special formula to calculate wheel diameter?
2
votes
2answers
178 views

“Training Wheels” for Starters

After numerous attempts to ride my cruiser bike without falling, I have ordered a set of "training wheels" for my bike. Yes, I took the pedals off and practiced on grass and all that, but just could ...
2
votes
2answers
183 views

Front wheel bent

I left my bike in a shed, probably someone hit it, it fell and now the front wheel is bent. Not too bent, but when riding it oscillates with about 1 cm. Of course, this is messing with the brakes, but ...
2
votes
2answers
5k views

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: ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Looking for a 29x2.25 tire for my first sprint tri-athlon

I have entered a sprint triathlon on a whim and have a 29er mountain bike. Is there a road suitable tire for a 29x2.25 wheel out there? Looking for something that will give me good roll and as little ...
2
votes
1answer
97 views

How to determine wheel size on touring bike

I have a touring bike that has tires that read 36 X 2.0. It is a 9 speed and I want to buy new wheels. Can I buy 26 X1.75 and how does the gear system play into the rear tire sizing?
2
votes
2answers
76 views

Selecting spoke lengths

I'm planning to build a new wheel, using a Velocity Synergy OC (asymmetric) rim. When I calculate spoke lengths using the Edd spoke length calculator I get these lengths: Drive Side: 293.9 mm ...
2
votes
2answers
271 views

What is this pumping nozzle called?

My local bike shop have one of these green nozzles that anyone can use to pump their bike. They say that only companies can buy those, but I would really like such for my blue compressor. What I like ...
2
votes
2answers
167 views

Why has my ride changed?

The bike is a Specialized Camber 29, about five months old, from a shop about 220km away. Something feels different in my ride, and I'm wondering what it is. the rear goes sideways in sand much ...
2
votes
1answer
606 views

What size of slick tire should I buy?

I purchased a mountain bike and I ride on the road most of the time and I was looking at slicks for my bike. My tire size that I have now is 26x2.00 and the rims. I have on are AT-550 26inch what size ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

What's wrong with my rear wheel? Wheel moves about 1/4" front to back when brake is fully applied, cassette seems a bit wobbly, some rubbing noise

I first started inspecting my wheel because I noticed when I applied my brake while not riding, I could push my rear end and the wheel would turn forward and back about 1/4"-1/2" each way (but the ...
2
votes
1answer
474 views

Can I get a wheel dished without the bike?

I broke a spoke on my rear wheel, and ended up messing with it a bit too much - I may need to get it re-dished. If it's a common market model bike, can I simply take the wheel into my bike shop, ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Can I run a wheel with a 130mm hub on a mountain bike with 135mm spacing?

I'd like to build a wheelset that would work on my cross bike or my 29er, assuming I had disc brakes on the 29er and rim brakes on the cross bike, is there any way I could use a 130mm hub (that fits ...
2
votes
1answer
542 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Rear wheel not centred, presses against one of the brake pads (Rohloff hub, Magura rim brakes)

Upon replacing my rear brake pads, I noticed that my rear wheel is not properly centered. The consequence is that the wheel is pressed against one of the brake pads, as can be seen in the pictures ...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

What does 'orbital' mean when speaking wheels?

I want to build my own dirt jumper, mostly using Octane One parts. At this site, there's two versions of the wheel. An 15mm orbital and an 20mm orbital. What is the difference, and which is the most ...
2
votes
1answer
262 views

Rear disc calliper won't fit, disc mount bent?

I am upgrading my MTB to disc brakes. I have disc compatible wheels and a set of Shimano M446 Postmount callipers and 160mm rotors. Front fork is a Manitou who decided to jump on the Postmount wagon ...
2
votes
2answers
120 views

Will speed/cadence sensor work with 650c bicycle

I plan to use speed/cadence sensor, however my bicycle wheel size is 650c. I guess, there are no problem about cadence. But for speed (wheel speed sensor), will it work correctly?
2
votes
2answers
168 views

Will riding cobblestones and rough streets kill my cup and cone hubs?

I live in pittsburgh, and we have some hills and streets which are belgian block, brick, poorly paved and pocked with potholes. It can be very jarring, but I still find myself flying down these ...
2
votes
4answers
4k views

Weight of wheels vs. weight of tyres

On my touring bike, about a year ago, I upgraded my tires from the low-end stock ones to better lighter ones. The weight gain was 205g per tire so 410g on the whole bike, plus a few grams on the tubes ...
2
votes
1answer
475 views

Finding Correct Size Wheel for Bike

I am looking to replace the stock wheelset on my 2009 Jamis Aurora. I'm looking to replace wheels because I have a number of spokes break over the wheel lifetime and now my rear wheel is only in true ...
2
votes
1answer
499 views

Spoke nipple broke, should I replace more than one?

I had a spoke nipple break on my rear wheel, the threaded part broke off right where it enters the wheel. The nipples appear to be aluminum alloy, which I believe are not as durable as brass nipples. ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Do new wheels usually come with freehubs?

I was looking around for new wheels and thoroughly confused about the common approach to freehubs. Do they usually come with the freehub or do I have to actually put that on? If they do come with ...
2
votes
1answer
508 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
809 views

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. ...
2
votes
4answers
148 views

Are braking vibrations a sign of the end of the life of a wheel?

My mountain commuter (2008 Schwinn High Timber) has picked up a vibration in the front wheel under braking. I'm worried that this is a sign that the rim is end of life. I checked the V-brakes and ...
2
votes
1answer
97 views

Is wheel dish important?

It makes sense that ideally a wheel should be dished well (close to centered), but what are the consequences of a wheel being out of dish but otherwise true?
2
votes
1answer
97 views

Missing lock nut part

Not sure what to call it, but a couple of my wheels are missing the grippy washer thing that sits on the lock nut. They seem to be attached to the lock nut to begin with, but they just fall off after ...
2
votes
2answers
143 views

Other than spoke count, is there a strength ratings for wheels?

I need to buy a new wheelset for my bike. I need strong wheels: I am about 18 stone, carry a lot of luggage on the rear rack and go up and down kerbs a lot. In other words, I need strong wheels. I ...
2
votes
1answer
859 views

How do I pack a road wheel for shipping?

I need to ship a rear wheel back to the manufacturer for a warranty issue (Mavic). I'm wondering what the best, most secure way to package it is so that there can be no refutation that 'it was ...
2
votes
1answer
971 views

Why are tires that fit 622mm wheels called 700C [duplicate]

where does the 700 come from and what does the C stand for in 700c?
2
votes
1answer
513 views

38mm Front 60mm Rear Clinchers Pros and Cons

I have to note at first that I'm new to road cycling. I cycled mostly as a commuter before. I'm looking into upgrading my wheelset. I read some very good threads here on choosing the right wheelset ...
2
votes
1answer
379 views

Can I mount a wheel with a narrow hub to a wide frame?

Suppose I have a 120mm hub with a long axle, that I want to mount in a frame with 130mm dropouts. In principle, it seems to me that this should be fine, but I want to confirm this. One immediate issue ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

How bad is handling with only front aero wheel?

I think it's obvious that the only reason to have aero wheel at front and regular wheel at rear is budget. I did some research on this and what I found was aero front wheel is more important and rear ...
2
votes
1answer
180 views

Aero spokes strength on a family bicycle

I am building a new wheel for my family bike: there will be a kid seat on the back rack over the wheel. I picked up some cheap double butted flat aero spokes (not elliptical but flat). From reading ...