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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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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Axle to wheel bore ratio? [on hold]

This may be the wrong site but it's the closest one I thought someone would have knowledge of the question... It's not for a bike but rather replacing the wheels on a power wheels... The axle is ...
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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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Are aerodynamic rims worth additional weight?

I was under the impression that reducing the weight of your wheels is important. However, I'm noticing that many of the extremely high-end aerodynamic rims are actually heavier than cheaper rims by ...
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Road wheel conversion to single speed wheel

I am looking to upgrade the stock wheels on my canondale caad10 rival. It came with a Fulcrum racing set. I was interested in converting this set of wheels for use on my single speed - a surly ...
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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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Why are wheels so important for racing?

I hear/read everywhere that if you can spend some extra money on the bike, buy better wheels. can someone explain for me why? Is it because they are rotating or are there other comfort factors? ...
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Who has information on this Fondriest Bike we found? Any good?

Does anyone here know anything about this old Fondriest bike? Thanks!
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Can I combine different wheel sizes in one mtb?

Imagine a mountain bike that uses a 29er fork with 29er wheel and a 27.5 wheel at the rear. Can this be realized and what are the pros and cons?
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Wheel Wobbles and Rubs on Brand New Bike?

I just got a brand new bike and it came partially assembled in the box. I don't have a whole lot of experience when it comes to working on or building bikes but I managed to put it together. theres a ...
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Do single speed/fixed bicycles come with machined rims?

I recently purchased a Masi Fixie Riser with a flip/flop hub (gearing on both sides) and brakes, but the rims aren't machined. Is this common on $700+ single speeds?
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Choosing New Rims/Hubs & Assessing Size

I have a 10 year old Trek 7300 FX hybrid which came with Matrix 750 double walled rims. "559 x 19" is marked on the sticker of these rims. The tyres fitted are 700 x 38C (622) - I'm assuming (should I ...
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is a 29er a good fit for a 5'9 height?

I'm a 5'9.5 and I use a 26er gt and I don't feel that comfortable as it feels so small. I've also tried a 27.5 merida, it was an improvement but I can't still quite grasp that same feeling when you ...
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how to find wheel brand

How do I find the brand/make of a bike wheel? I have been given a free bike in great condition except the front wheel is damaged. I need to replace it but can't find any markings to state what make it ...
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How are the wheels spokes laced in the bikes you buy at shops?

Is there a machine that does the lacing or does it have to be manual work? And in the first case, what does it look like and how does it work?
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My back wheel isn't connected to the gears

I have an old bike it says Via Montega on the body if that helps. I was ridding it earlier when the peddling stopped resulting in forward motion. I thought the chain might have come loose but it is ...
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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 ...
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In which orientation should a front wheel be installed?

A front wheel with a quick release mechanism can be installed in two orientations: the lever on the left, or the lever on the right. Does it matter in which orientation it's installed? If so, would ...
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Mixing various spoke widths in a single wheel

So the story began some 4 years ago, when I bent my rear derailleur hanger while crashing, and my chain got stuck between the cassette and the wheel scratching a few spokes. Everything was fine until ...
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Difference between 3 campy 80mm deep section wheels

Currently, three 80mm wheels are listed in Campagnolo's websites, but I can't fully see what's exactly the difference between them. BORA ULTRA 80 BULLET ULTRA 80MM BULLET 80MM I guess BULLET 80MM ...
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Install hub dynamo on new cyclocross

I'm buying a Cannondale CAADX 105 Disc and I'm planning on installing a hub dynamo, perhaps an SP PD-8. 1.) I haven't done this before, but judging by what I have seen on YouTube: Get the new spoke ...
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How long should spokes last?

Trek Fx 7.3, 1 year old, 1900 miles 3 days short of my 1 year bike purchase anniversary I discovered some broken spokes on the rear wheel. The bike shop gave me a new wheel they had in the shop, an ...
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dual pivot side pull brake shoe touches wheel rim. How do I fix it?

Based on http://sheldonbrown.com/calipers.html what I have on my front tire is the "Dual Pivot Sidepull" type brake. The right brake shoe touches the wheel without having to actually apply the brakes. ...
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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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Axle flex under load normal for freewheel hub?

When using a freewheel'd hub is it normal for the drive side of the axle to flex a little bit? I replaced the kickstand on my bike and the new one sits closer to the rear tire with about 2 mm ...
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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?
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Pros and Cons of 29 "wheels [duplicate]

I have an 29" LaPierre Hardtail. What is the difference between 29" wheels and smaller ones? I'd like to know this not only for single trails but also on the road and / or downhill trails.
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How much should the front wheel flex

I recently changed the speedometer on my bike, and had some problems to adjust the magnet on the spokes as well as the sensor. (The spokes are flat, and the magnet that came with the sensor was ...
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Loose Hub on front wheel

Front wheel hub is loose and the whole thing wobbles a bit. Im a fan of dubstep but there's a little too much wubwub in my hub. How do I tighten that bad boy up properly? Thanks!
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Internal Gear Hub for 16in Wheel?

My 4yr old son has a 16in Bikestar and at times he maxes out the gearing on it trying to keep up with his old man. How feasible is it to add either a 2 or 3 speed hub to such a bike? I'm concerned ...
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The best way to deal with/prevent punctures on tubular tyres

I recently picked up some rather expensive tubular wheels on the back of a lot of advice to do with rolling resistance, comfort etc. However I've recently found I'm quite afraid to use them on long ...
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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 ...
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how to translate MTB wheel specifications?

I am looking for a pair of wheels for a MTB build project, but I am lost when I read the specifications for wheel sets. What I am looking for is a pair of wheels with a 9mm rear axle diameter and a ...
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New wheelset, spokes losing tension

I recently got a new wheelset Reynolds Solitude from a friend. He bought a new bike and it came with these wheels so he sold them as take-offs. They have internal spokes. I have one problem with them ...
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What is the purpose of the plastic disk between the cassette and the rear wheel?

There's a plastic disc between the cassette and rear wheel on my bicycle. It doesn't seem to have any effect on the actual drivetrain; but I've seen it on a number of bicycles. What is it for?
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Upgrading wheels on a vintage Peugeot Frame

OK so I have a Peugeot Galibier bike that consists of a Reynolds 301 steel frame. A while back the original derailer gave up the ghost while riding, bending the rear-wheel spokes in the process. I ...
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Why won't tires go on my Velocity A23 rims?

Recently bought the A23's. Wanted to see if the wider rims lived up to the hype of a smoother ride, better cornering, etc. After getting the wheels built by my shop, however, it appears to have been a ...
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What could cause an inflated tire to be “untrue” on a true rim

I just bought a new set of tires (Continental UltraRace 25-622 700x25c) for my bike, which has rims Rigida 28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 - 700c. When I inflate the inner tube (both a Schwalbe 28" 18/28-622/630 ...
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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 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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How do I calculate spoke length?

I have lots of bikes and lots of interesting wheel sizes, I would like to know how to calculate the right spoke lengths for a wheel. I appreciate that there are probably rather a lot of variables but ...
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maxle lever is very loose

I have a Whyte T-129s and the lever on the maxle is now very loose when putting the wheels back on. It no longer holds in place - is it possible to fix this?
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Changing hubs on wheel

I just picked up a Manitou Tower pro fork to replace the Suntour XCT and it's a 15mm thru-axle wheel mount, which means that I need to replace the hub on my wheel since it's a 9mm QR. I am unsure of ...
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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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Minimum width tire?

I'm in need of replacement tires, and am a bit lost as to what the minimum width tire is for my wheel. Measuring the wheel gives a rim width of around 1". I know the tire has to be wider than the ...
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Bike wheel Assembly

I am trying to assemble the rear wheel of my bike. I have sorted the spokes into two groups by their length. It seems like I do everything correct according to video tutorials and articles but when I ...
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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 ...
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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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Bike rear wheel assembly

I am assembling my rear wheel and I have question related the lengths of spokes. Is there a big difference between the length of spokes taken from right and left sides. Can I get into big problems if ...
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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 ...