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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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Can I ride home with a broken spoke?

I noticed a wobble in my back wheel while commuting in this morning. Broken spoke. Is this a problem that I should take care of before my 7 mile commute home, or can I pick up a spoke and repair it at ...
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What is a thru axle?

I have seen thru axles mentioned in various places but never explained or even described. I found a post on another site where someone asked the same question and got lots of debate in response, but ...
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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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Why are tubeless tyres popular in mountain biking?

I've noticed that a lot of people use or promote tubeless tyres for mountain biking. Why is this? It seems a lot of hassle to get a special rim conversion kit and goop to put in the tyre. As far as I ...
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Is it really OK to hang a bicycle by the wheel from a hook?

Does it not distort the wheel to have the weight of the bike hanging from just that one spot? Is it OK for any kind of wheel? I have nicer race-type wheels on mine. [Edited to connect with Any ...
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What are the differences between “clincher” and “tubular” tires?

What are the differences between "clincher" and "tubular" tires? I'm just a casual road cyclist at this point and don't put any more than 200 miles in over the course of the week. I'm looking to ...
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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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What is a taco?

I figure that "tacoing" is a typo but I can't work out what it should be. What is a taco, or tacoing a wheel? Originally from this question
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What is an asymmetric wheel and why would you use it?

Campagnolo advertises the Khamsin Asymmetric Wheel: What is an asymmetric wheel and (given that we expect wheels to be symmetrical), why would one want an asymmetrical one? How is it related to dish?
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What are the risks of untrued wheels?

I understand that wheels should be trued for efficiency. Are there any safety risks (or risk of damaging the bike) in using untrued wheels? Are the risks different between wheels untrued left-right ...
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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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How do I align a wheel?

I broke a couple of spokes on my wheel, now it's all bent, how can I align it back again? What kind of tools do I need to do a good job?
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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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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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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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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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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 is the black plastic circle on wheel axle nut?

I have been seeing a black plastic part on the nuts of the wheels. My bike also has this. I think I have seen this only on old bikes. Does it have a name and purpose? Some close up:
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Can I just change straightforward wheel axles to QR skewers?

I've just bought a second hand road bike which doesn't have Quick Release Skewers. Can I just buy a set of QR Skewers and fit them? Are they a standard size? Are there any gotchas waiting to bite ...
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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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How to tell if a newly built bicycle wheel is safe to ride?

I recently finished building my first ever bicycle wheel, and now I'm planning to test ride it. Since this is my first wheel build I want to safely test it to ensure that the wheel won't fail ...
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What is the effect of adding weight to a wheel vs adding it to the frame?

There are claims often made that, eg, "An ounce of weight at the rims is like adding 7 ounces of frame weight." This is "common knowledge", but a few of us are skeptical, and our crude attempts at ...
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Super Heavyweight Biker keeps destroying Dutch bikes

So I've had two Dutch style bikes and I keep breaking the spokes on them. The last time I had a custom wheel built using good components by a well known shop here (sapim and mavic components)... the ...
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Do road tubeless tyres lose air faster?

I just replaced my rear wheel with a road tubeless (Bontrager RL TLR). Was lucky to have the bike shop installed the tyre, took two blokes to put it on the rim. Anyway, my second ride was a couple of ...
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How tight should my front quick release lever be?

I'm referring to my first new bike, with a front wheel quick release lever as shown. The picture is picked from Internet How can I know whether I have locked my front QR lever correctly? Neither too ...
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What should I look for in choosing wheels for a road bike?

I have a commuting/touring bike and my riding is a good bit of commuting mixed with weekend rides of up to 50 miles. In my lame knowledge, I'll assume that lighter wheels can be had when you spend ...
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How do I remove the wheels from my bike (not a typical nut)?

I just bought a used Kona Roundabout bike and I can't figure out how to remove the wheels. I've never seen this connection before. The same connection is on both the front and rear wheels and ...
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6-bolt vs centre-lock: pros and cons?

I am having a new set of wheels built, and am trying to decide on whether to go with 6-bolt or centre-lock rotor interface. What are the pros and cons of the two systems?
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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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How do I know which size and type of rim strip to buy?

I have a Gary Fisher mountain bike. I was changing the tube in my rear tire. The rim strip (rubber lining around the wheel to protect the tube from the spokes) had moved a bit so I went to adjust it ...
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What are the advantages of flat spoked wheels?

Following on from my earlier question about truing them, I was wondering if anybody could point out the advantages (and perhaps disadvantages) of flat spoked wheels?
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700 wheels on bike made for 27" wheels

I just bought an older road bike with 27" wheels. I am curious if I can mount 700 wheels (typical road size) on it. Has anyone ever done this? The main reason I am interested in doing this is so ...
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Truing stands, go big or stay home?

I'm looking to buy a truing stand. Is the Park TS-8 Home good enough? Or should I pay double the price and get the Park TS-2.2 Pro. I have some experience truing wheels, but never on a nice stand. I ...
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Why do some bicycles have much bigger wheels than most motorcycles?

Let's consider a mountain bike and a motorcycle. Each one has a need to be as usable as possible and overcome obstacles more effectively. Larger wheels usually mean greater cross-country ability. So ...
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29" wheels - what advantage do they provide over smaller wheels?

I was wondering what advantages 29" wheels give. From what I understand they are well suited to mountain biking. Are they any use on road bikes perhaps?
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What are the downsides of a twisted wheel?

After a collision where somebody fell on me, my front wheel is twisted to the point that it slightly touches the brake once per revolution causing a soft screech. Logistically, I can't get to the shop ...
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What is a good rear wheel for a heavy load?

I'm a heavy man, and I find I'm breaking spokes on my rear wheel fairly often. Is there a particular wheel I can buy or anything I can do to prevent this? Edit: I was having the problem with a ...
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Why would one put tennis balls in the spokes?

I see this once in a great while around the city: two or more tennis balls stuck inside the spokes, right up against the hub. It usually seems to be on older-looking mountain bike commuter/beater ...
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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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Straight-pull spokes - worth it?

Straight-pull spokes have been around for awhile on MTB wheels, but mainly just on very expensive wheelsets (Mavic Deemax for example). Recently the better wheel component manufacturers have been ...
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Spokes loose on a new wheel, is this expected or a bad build?

So a couple of months ago, I bought a new front wheel from the local bike shop. It's a 28 spoke wheel, rims are the DT Swiss RR465 and the hub is a 240s. I put 500-600 km on it and noticed a rattle ...
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Can I fit slightly different tyre sizes [duplicate]

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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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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My front wheel steers right. How do I solve it?

Some time ago I had a little accident with my bike. With the accident the front wheel got unaligned from the handlebar. I simply put it in the right position holding the wheel with my legs and ...
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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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What happened? tube blew the rim?

Had a puncture today, removed the tube, patched it and made it home. Obviously since I only have a mini-pump I could not inflate it to my 8 bar usual pressure. When home, I took the wheel upstairs to ...
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Why are the rear wheels of Time Trial Bikes disc shaped rather than having spokes?

Won't having disk shaped wheels cause more wind resistance with crosswinds? What are the benefits of having these sort of wheels?
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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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Will a bike stand that holds one wheel damage my bike?

I have a similar bike stand to this at home: I'm happy putting my wife's and my commuter in it but worried that it will damage the wheels of my XC bike if left in there for long periods. Can wheels ...
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What is the maximum weight that “normal” racing wheels can withstand?

I was recently in a bike-shop where the proprietor told me that the "normal" racing wheels of the more advanced bikes are normally only rated to carry 85kg. For example, he mentioned the Bianchi ...