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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Front brakes need to be further apart to fit the front wheel through

My new bike has arrived boxed and partly built. The manual is generic and unclear. The front brakes need to be widened to fit the wheel, it says to 'disengage the cable guide tube from it's yoke'. Not ...
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Why does my front mountain bike wheel sway left and right slightly?

Went to a bicycle shop he said could be screw loose but after he tighten it still swaying to both side slightly once awhile
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What size tyres will fit my wheel? [duplicate]

My bike wheel was recently stolen and I found this old Bontrager AT-550 wheel in my shed. It's a 29er from my research and I'm wondering what size tyre would fit that would be decently smaller than ...
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Putting smaller wheels on a larger frame

I have a bmx bike that support 24 inch wheels, is their anyway I can move down to 20 inch?
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Adult stabilizer wheels ,16" wheels mount securely to bike frame

**The wheels work great as long as you are going in straight line , problem is turning . very difficult , i have both wheels about 1.5" above ground.Turning requires a great shift of how you are ...
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Is it common for the left side spokes of a front disc wheel to have more tension than the right side spokes?

Wiping my bike down after a wet ride, I noticed that the left side spokes on my front wheel are tighter than the right side. I don't have a tensionometer but squeezing pairs on each side and plucking ...
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Is this freehub a Shimano or Campagnolo type?

I'm looking at purchasing a used Fulcrum Racing 5 wheelset to go with my Shimano 10 speed cassette. The seller is unsure if the freehub is Shimano or Campagnolo but has provided pictures. Does anyone ...
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how to reassemble mountain bike rear wheel hub and bearings

So I thought I would sort out my wheel bearings (after asking a few questions here first). Did the front without much of a problem, (reused the existing bearings at the moment, had not got round to ...
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Is there a benefit of lacing trailer wheel spokes radially instead of crossed?

Reading a review of a bike trailer one of the commentators noted that the wheels were laced radially: It is a 16" wheel. Does this configuration have some advantage making it a good choice? I always ...
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What type of nut do I have here?

I had the most bizarre experience of trying to determine what kind of nut I have. I own a Schwinn Santis made by Pacific Bicycles. The rear tire had a bolt and nut. I took the nut to Home Depot and ...
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There don't seem to be many (or any?) carbon wheels for 9 speed bikes

I have a 9 speed Shimano Sora road bike and I would like to get some nicer wheels without upgrading the bike or anything else at the same time. Carbon wheels seem to mostly (or entirely) 10/11sp? ...
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Using 16 hole front rim to build a rear wheel

I have the opportunity to buy 2 front Shimano Dura Ace C40 latest generation wheels at a very cheap price. The hole count for the wheelset is 16/21. Could I build / have built a rear wheel from one of ...
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What BMX wheel size do I need?

Alright so I’m confused on wheel sizes on a BMX. I just bought a BMX frame and it came with the front forks and wheel and tire, but it needs a rear wheel and tire. The tire on the front is 20inches ...
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Exchange front wheel with rear wheel (Matrix 750) on Trek 4500 mountain bike?

My rear wheel has been showing around the rim some wear on one side. Perhaps something to do with my braking. I was wondering if I can exchange the front wheel with the rear one (in other words, can ...
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How do I compare seemingly equal wheelsets?

I'm trying understand how to compare wheelsets which in many cases seem virtually identical but based on their prices I gather are significantly different. Here are two pairs of wheels as an example ...
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What model Peugeot is this?

Anyone know what model this bike is? I am trying to replace the front wheel of my fg/ss converted vintage Peugeot road bike. I've measured the spacing at 98mm, but because I don't know the correct ...
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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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Will 20 inch BMX wheels fit a folding bike (with 20 inch wheels)?

I'm renovating a folding bike with 20 inch wheels and want to replace the wheels. Will BMX wheels fit ? EDIT 22-Feb-2020: 10mm BMX wheels dropped straight in with no mods. The BMX freewheel was ...
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Tool to use pulling off end cap from a LIGHTWEIGHT STANDARD, ALL CARBON WHEEL, to change out the 609 bearings from steel to ceramic

I am wanting to change out my 609 bearings, which are steel, and replace with CeramicSpeed or enduro ceramics. Can anyone tell me the safest tool to use when extracting the end caps off this all-...
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Low tire pressure causing fall in corner?

I recently fell in a corner. My front wheel lost traction (slid out from underneath the bike, what they call a 'lowsider' in motorcycling iirc). I was running quite low tire pressure (front wheel) to ...
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Why forward-facing spokes should be “heads in”, except on the drive side of the rear wheel?

Shimano service instructions for hubs show that out of the four sides, three should be "forward-facing spokes are heads-in", and one, the drive side on the rear wheel, the other way around: What is ...
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Is this wheel built incorrectly?

I am swapping around some hubs, and this means rebuilding two wheels, a 20" and a 26", both 36 spoke and both were done standard cross-3 lacing. Here's how the 26" wheel hub looks after assembly. ...
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I have a 2nd broken spoke after 300km on a new bike, is it the wheel or me?

I am new to riding. I rode as a kid but stopped for many years. My Physio recommended riding after a leg injury while running, so I went down to the local bike shop and brought a new bike. I am now ...
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Upgrading an old road bike

I own an old road bike from the 80’s I quite like. To this day, all the original parts are still on the bike, except the last mudguard that broke this year. The wear and tear is getting more ...
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Purpose of 'bore' on spoke nipples - why are spoke nipples not threaded through their entire length?

I noticed that (most) spoke nipples have a thread which does not run through the entire length of the nipple. As can be seen in the image below some of the length of the nipple has no threads (and is ...
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Are 23mm tires on a 25mm rim (21 mm internal width) safe?

Odd situation here, I'm putting together a 2nd road bike (I commute daily and need a backup for when my main ride needs adjustments, part replacements, etc). To stay on the economical side, I ...
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148-to-141 conversion effect on spoke length?

I'm building a set of wheels using: WTB KOM Light i40 rims - 27.5" Hope Pro 4 Hubs - 100mm front / 148mm rear However, I have converted the rear hub to a 141mm using Hope's QR conversion kit. Does ...
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700c 28er - same as 29er?

I thought that all 700c/622 wheels were "29er" compatible or basically the same size; 622mm. I had the tire off a Mavic Aksium wheel yesterday and was surprised that it is labeled 700c 28''. Is ...
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Can one use a 26“ tube in a 27.5” tire or a 27.5“ tube in a 29” tire?

I upgraded my bike but have a bunch of old tubes lying around. Can I use them?
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How dangerous are my worn rims?

I took my bike for a service recently and was told it needed so many repairs that it was more cost effective for me to replace it. One of the repair jobs was to replace the wheels due to worn rims. ...
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Is it safe to ride on a cracked rim?

Doing my monthly inspection & clean of my wheels last night and I was shocked to see a crack around one the spokes as they enter rim. It is a rear wheel (Shimano R600 I think). I had obviously ...
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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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Ultegra 6800 front hub plastic cover loose

The plastic cover on the right side of my Ultegra 6800 front hub (red circle in the photo) is loose and rotates freely independent of the hub. Is it normal ? If not how can I clamp it back?
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Can I fit a 26x3.5 tire on a 26x4.0 rim?

i have a sondors bike that comes with a 4.0 fat tire. i am tring to find a street tire for my fat boy i only found one and its 3.5 not 4.0 STREET TIRE
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Wheel axle thread size

What size nut does it take to fit the rear wheel with a nexus Shimano rear axle? I measured the axle size and I'm getting 9.2mm. or .360 in.
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What type of wheel fits a 700x38 tire

I have a Kent brand fixie bike with 700x38c tires and I am looking for a new front wheel what size should I buy
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What tyre characteristics should I look for in a commuting tire? [duplicate]

I am living in London, but moving to a suburb where my commute would take me through a park. Being rainy England, the track can get quite muddy and my current tyres don't seem to be suitable. What ...
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I have an 8-speed GT Aggressor Pro and I want to upgrade it to have 12 rear cogs

I found a really cheap 12-speed SRAM groupset, and I want to know if I can just get a new rear wheel or if I need a new frame.
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Upgrade new bike to 11 speed or downgrade trainers wheel to 8 speed

I am farily new to cycling and roadbikes in general. I have bought a ( last years model ) roadbike with an 8 speed casette in the back. I also bought an indoor trainer ( 2nd hand ) and got a spare ...
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Running wider tires in the front

I currently run a full suspension bike with rather thick tires. I have however been thinking of changing the rear tire to something a bit thinner as the current tire I run makes the wheel very close ...
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Average lifetime for 26inch spokes

I've been riding my bike for about a year and a half now and the back spokes are starting to snap, 2 now. I want to know when was this bike bought from the original owner since the spokes are stock ...
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Is it okay to true (align) a wheel with a missing spoke?

I have a Merida Speeder 300 with a broken spoke on the rear wheel, which is now out of alignment and rubs against the brake pads. Is it okay to true it, at least for a short term solution (and if so ...
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8 speed shimano claris cassette on Campagnolo Calima C17

I'm looking to replace my two wheels and I've been recommended this Campagnolo Calima C17 Clincher Road Wheelset. I currently have a Shimano Claris 8 speed cassette. The wheels are described as 10/...
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Is there any reason not to use a 9mm solid front axle hub in place of a QR hub?

I've got my hands on an old dynamo hub, with a view to building a 700C dynamo front wheel for my hybrid. It uses (I believe, and will check) an M9 solid axle, but the existing one is QR. It ...
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Risk of flat tire in bicycle

I am planning for a Ultra distance (~230 km) cycling. I don't own a good bicycle for that and when I was checking rental bicycles (Road bike & cross bike) one of the shopkeeper suggested me to ...
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What is considered the bead in this diagram?

I'm trying to understand wheels better and I googled Bead Seat Diameter and this image comes up a lot ... There are two components that look to be the exact same with one flipped vertically. Here is ...
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Carbon wheels set or new groupset? [closed]

Currently, I'm running on Claris 3x8 speed drivetrain. I'm planning to either upgrade the groupset or a carbon wheelset. I dislike the groupset because of it's heavy and loud but usable but I want ...
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Cheap Carbon Fiber Wheels

Right, I guess inserting where they're made in the title would be a little politically incorrect but essentially the link below would give you the exact product that inspired the question :- Cheap ...
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How do the wheels attach on this trike design?

How do the wheels attach on this trike design? Here are the design drawings. If you go to the section titled Steering Bridge Components you can see were it should attach. However it does not show ...
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How can I determine what these tire specs mean?

I am trying to build a space frame bike from the n55 project. They have some pretty cryptic "designs". What do these lines mean? FRONT WHEELS 24”x1.75 equipped with a reinforced axle (M12, 8.8) ...

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