Recently my bike rear wheel was hit by a car at a traffic light. Now it's bent a little and touches the brake. It cannot be fixed by adjusting the spokes and I am going to need a new one. My bike is Schwinn varsity 1200. Here are pics of the wheel.

Here is a picture of the rear bike with cassette

another pic of the entire wheel

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    You need a 700c road wheel (assuming its a 700c which it looks to be) with a freewheel as it looks like that is a 7 speed.
    – Nate W
    Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 18:17
  • Can you tell us how many sprockets in the rear cassette? @Nate Wengert's guess of 7 looks right. Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 19:43
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    Based on what little info we have, it would appear that the wheel in your link would work yes. Although that is an odd looking quick release skewer. What does the other side have? A little lever?
    – Nate W
    Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 20:59
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    Ahhhh okay that makes sense. Either way the wheel you linked should be suitable
    – Nate W
    Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 22:05
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    What do the numbers on your tire say, sizing on wheels is confusing and odd if you look at actual measurements. but there should be a number on the tire in this format xx-xxx such as 23-622 , where 23 is the tire width in mm, and the 622 is the ISO. 622 is the ISO for 700C and 29" wheels. check out this link for more info on that if you would like to learn. sheldonbrown.com/rim-sizing.html
    – Nate W
    Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 22:16

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Look carefully at the tire, there should be markings on it that indicate what size wheel it is - generally 700 is a road-bike standard. 26 inch is a mountain-bike standard.

This is a good resource.


Also an option is the number of spokes, the more there are, the stronger and more abuse resistant the wheel is generally. Also consider do you have Shimano or another drivetrain- there can be compatibility issues.


You need to match:

  • The basic wheel size -- diameter and (less precisely) width. (Tire markings give you this info.)
  • Brake type -- rim or disk. (Yours is obviously rim.)
  • Axle style -- solid, quick-release, thru axle. (Yours obviously QR.) There are also variations in axle diameter, for solid axles.
  • Freewheel or freehub. (I think you have a freewheel, but not 100% sure.)
  • Number of cogs. (Looks like you have 7.)
  • Overall hub width, measured as the distance between dropouts. (Usually there is only one possibility, given cog count, but there are a few odd cases).

As to number and weight of spokes, that's up to you, as is the degree of "aero" shape of the rim. These factors don't affect interchangeability.

  • For the axle, don't you just need to match through-axle or not-through-axle? It's certainly possible to replace a QR wheel with a tighten-the-bolts-with-a-spanner wheel and vice-versa. Commented Oct 4, 2017 at 9:35
  • @DavidRicherby - True, but if it's a solid axle you need to be aware that axle diameter may differ. Commented Oct 4, 2017 at 11:36

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