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Questions tagged [wheels]

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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Rear wheel slipping out under load

My commuting/cyclocross bike (a Surly Crosscheck) has a problem. If I tighten the quick release skewer to a normal level, sort of firm to close it, then if I step on the pedals hard at some point, ...
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Back wheel suddenly started “wiggling”

I bought recently a second hand bike for my daily rides, and it seemed in good shape. I rode it for more than a month without any problems, but recently had issues with it and had to get it fixed (...
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New rear wheel to 8-speed Shimano Citybike, don't know what to look for

My current rear wheel wont rotate around the hub anymore, so I need a replacement. I don't know what to look for, but I have this info: Bike is an Avenue Airbase, dont know how old, but more than 3 ...
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Rear wheel touch frame during off saddle sprint

bike: Cervelo S2 Photo wheels: Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon (wheel is true) tyres: Continental Grand Prix 4000S II 23mm Problem is that during off saddle sprint my rear tyre touch the frame and makes ...
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Can you use non-UST tubeless ready tyres on a UST tubeless rim?

Is it possible to use mountain bike rims which use the original UST (Universal System Tubeless) standard for using tubeless tyres with tyres that are tubeless ready, but do not conform to the said UST ...
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Freehub has notches worn into it: is it OK?

I bought a pair of second-hand wheels, and after removing cassette noticed these notches on the freehub. Is the freehub still in OK condition?
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Pedal extensions for one-legged bikers

I have tried the classical plastic pedal extensions as in the picture. I have tried riding with one foot, but it was a little bit hard pulling up. I was wondering if anyone knows of an extension for a ...
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Bike unstable (difficult to ride without hands on bars) after changing fork after collision

After a low speed collision with the front of a car in which a cars bumper met the side of my fork (I was in a track stand-esque stance) my fork was bent slightly so I replaced it with a (inexpensive ...
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Help determining spoke length along with an education

I understand that there are spoke length calculators and I have an understanding of what variables are at play when calculating spoke length, though I remain absolutely lost when actually attempting ...
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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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What would I search for to find bike hubs that attach on only one side like found on tadpole recumbent

What is the name of the hubs used on recumbent tadpole trikes. Those tricycles that have two front wheels and a conventional rear wheel
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What do I need to consider for a cheap wheel for a Specialized Tri-Cross to use on a trainer?

I am wanting to buy a new rear wheel to make my life easier when wanting to use my turbo trainer, so I don't need to change the tyre on my current wheel every time I wish to go out/stay in. My ...
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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 has ...
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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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Roadbike with aluminium wheels in mountains. Is it safe?

I'm planning my upcoming trip to ride real mountains in Spain on my road bike. So far I used Mavic Ksyrium aluminum wheels but mostly on flat areas. I'm not confident with going downhill on this ...
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Is a tyre with sideways bulge going to cause damage to the rim or the hub or the axle?

My Schwalbe Marathon plus tour 26'' x 2.0 has a sideways bulge (both rear and front). In between the 2 tyres and tube there is a anti puncture strip. The rim seems not to be the problem. I think ...
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Protecting quick-release seats and wheels from theft

I have to say I am not a fan of quick-release, especially for seats. I do not need to raise and lower my seat nearly enough (almost never) to justify the annoyance of having to take my seat with me or ...
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Burley push button wheels and axle?

I'm looking into building my own trailer and I want something similar to Burley's push button wheel system. My question is, where do I obtain similar wheels/axles? Here is the Travoy, one of their ...
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Why does a bike frame have to be above 56 cm usually to fit 700c tires?

I first came across this when I was looking at the Surly LHT, but I started to see it everywhere. It seems to me they can just put on a longer fork or something, or is it more for the back wheel?
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Adding pedals & training wheels to this balance bike?

Is there any way to add pedals & training wheels to this balance bike?
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Rear wheel not moving when axle nuts tightened

I have a racing bike with the wheels secured by axle nuts. For the rear wheel, when I secure the nuts to finger tight the wheel turns fine, but when I tighten them properly the wheel is stuck and will ...
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How secure are Security Wheel Skewers like Zéfal Lock'n'Roll?

I'm looking for a reliable locking system for my wheels to prevent being stolen, specifically for the front wheel as I always attach the rear one together with the frame with the U-lock. I look for ...
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Mavic wheels out of true after 200km, is normal?

I bought set of Mavic wheels, and today I noticed that the front and rear wheel is around 1,5mm out true after 200km of ride. Im curious whether it is normal. I have pair of those
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Question about Wheel Bearings

I live in Virginia and built a wind mill using a bike wheel. Do I need to remove the wheel so the cold weather won't destroy the bearings?
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Can a bike have both Schrader and Presta tires?

I have Kona Dew 2018 and the front tire has a Presta valve while the back tire has a Schrader valve. Is it common to see bikes have different valves for each tire?
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Restoration project, help needed

I've been gifted this frame by a family member and would love to restore it to its former glory. I literally don't know where to start. The brake levers are frozen solid and don't move at all. The ...
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What is the axle thickness of the Kent Road Tech 700c bike?

I need to know in order to find proper fitting anti theft nuts to keep the wheels from being stolen.
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What is the cause of “speed wobbles”?

Update As mentioned, The speed wobbles were symptomatic of a harmonic interaction. The wobbles have not returned after adjusting the weight distribution on the bike. Recently encountered speed ...
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What are the conditions for removing training wheels?

I have children who I'm trying to get stoked about riding bikes. I am prone to letting them try and fail, and learn from mistakes, gaining confidence as they go, but this doesn't work perfectly with ...
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On fitting 700C rims to a dynamo hub rated for up to 20"

I am currently in the planning stages of creating a really fancy front fork for my bike. For a little background, I want to try to get this custom built Burrows monoblade with disc mount: https://...
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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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Road bike - Front wheel can lean to both sides

I am experiencing a weird mass distribution on my front wheel. It feels like the front wheel is loose somehow, because if i tilt my bike slightly it will feel like the front wheel leans to the other ...
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Go tubeless with used tires

I have some tubeless ready wheels and tires, but they were delivered mounted with tubes the old fashion way. I’ve been riding like that for more than 800km, and I wonder if there is a problem removing ...
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Does having bigger wheels mean less effort pedaling?

Assuming that we are using a fixed-gear bicycle and width of the wheels are the same, I wondered, does having bigger wheels mean I need to less effort to get from point A to point B in an urban ...
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Fixing hub gasket squeal

I have a relatively new Salsa Journeyman, which has now, after about 200km, developed a squeal in the front hub. The squeal is relatively quiet on low speeds, but gets noticeably loud when riding ...
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Jitter/Sticks on Coaster Brake Hub Wheel

I am having a major problem trying to get my Coaster Brake Hub reassembled properly... I've tried with 2 separate wheels, different components and all. Here's a video of the problem: ...
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Front wheel bearings change

I have a mountain bike - can the front wheel can have 1/4" bearings? I know that the standard ones are 3/16" but I think mine came with 1/4" The reason I am concerned is because I changed my front ...
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Raleigh Twenty wheel/rim replacement options

What replacement wheels/rims that can be fitted into Raleigh Twenty bike are available these days? Below I focus my requirements on the rims as they are probably easier to come by than complete ...
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Is there such thing as a 28 inch wheel?

I'm looking at puncture-resistant tires and I see Schwalbe Marathons* listed for size 28 x 1 1/2. Are there 28 inch wheels? If not, what size is that meant to fit? ( * Schwalbe Marathon Plus HS 440 ...
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Replacing rims with a 3mm effective diameter difference - can spokes be reused?

I'm planning to change the rims from 27.5 (ERD=566mm) to 27.5+ (ERD=563mm). Will I be able to reuse the spokes in this case, or is it worth getting new ones?
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130mm hub on 135mm frame

I'm looking to upgrade the wheels on my touring bike to a lighter set of road wheels. The frame is aluminum. According to Sheldon Brown you should be able to just put extra spacers between the ...
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Unable to loosen IXOW Wheelguard Gravity nut

I have a Canyon Commuter 7.0 which uses IXOW Wheelguard Gravity skewers and nut. I want to take my front wheel off but am unable to loosen the nut on the front skewer. The standard procedure is to ...
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Low profile tire suggestion for 27 x 1 1/8 wheels

I recently purchased a Japanese vintage early 80s Zunow bicycle. The wheels rim are Araya 27" x 1 1/8 and I need to replace the tires. After some research and recommendation from my local bicycle shop ...
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Trailer wheel: Axle connected on one side only [duplicate]

Most wheels have an axle that needs to be connected to a frame from both sides. What are wheels called that only need to be connected from one side? I'm looking to buy wheels like this and for that I ...
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Slightly bent rim

I have seen that my rear wheel rim is slightly bent. Can I use it for a week and take to the technician Sunday? Will there be any problem if I ride it for a week?
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Servicing a Vuelta XRP Disc Hub

I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the freehub body off of this hub. Everything I can find online about the Vuelta hubs says that I should be able to stick a 5mm hex key into both sides ...
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My front wheel has some play which drives me crazy

I have a mountain bike and it's front wheel has some play in it. I have replaced the bearings and the whole axle but it was in vain. If you even tighten the cone nuts more than you should do the play ...
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Are there any bike tires that can hold 500 lbs (225 kg) each?

I'm trying to design a 5 foot by 10 foot trailer to tow behind my bike and wanted to use bike tires. I googled this: "bike tire load chart" — but found nothing useful there. The most useful thing I ...
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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 ...
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Change wheels diameter from 28“ to 26”

I have a regular single speed pedal brake bike with 28 inch wheels. I would like to switch it over to 26 inch wheels. Would this cause any problems, or can I just easily change them over?