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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Is my rear cog wobble the fault of the axle, the hub, the bearings, or the wheel trueing?

Adjusting the rear derailleur on a Bicycle Shaped Object in a stand, I observed skipping gears when shifting from 6 to 5 (it skips to 4), 5 to 4 (it skips to 3), etc, but would snap in place correctly ...
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Will my rims fit 25mm or 28mm tires? [duplicate]

I have a hybrid Dawes, about 25 years old. I think it's currently got 700x35mm. I would like to fit thinner tires but how do I know if the rims will accept them. Is there a way to know?
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Can I swap BMX wheels for a larger size?

I am a 5 foot 10 inches 14 year old boy who would like to get into riding a BMX. So if I was to buy a BMX with a certain size wheels, can you swap them for bigger wheels
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Correct clamped quick release lever direction

Which direction is the correct way for the QR lever to point when closed and why? I have found both upwards and backwards on different parts on the SRAM website even for the same forks. I have ...
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Wheel diameter affects speed? Comparing 20in Foldie wheel vs 700C wheel

I am currently riding a Foldie with 20in wheels and also a 700C road bike, and I see that (Subjectively) I can ride ~5kmph faster for the same effort on the road bike. I am curious to know how much of ...
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Preventing flat spot development on rim

When hitting bumps, wheels sometimes develop flat spots. Can this be reduced by building wheels with higher spoke tension, or is this mainly result of strength of a rim? When I say flat spot, I mean ...
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Run 26" wheels on a 29er

I recently bought an 13.5 Trek Cali for my daughter (9 years old). I got an incredible deal on it and bought it sight unseen from an out of town seller. After getting it, I realized it had 29" ...
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Back wheel moving to left side

Can't seem to find something similar so I am going to ask a question. I recently bought a vintage(mid or late 80s) steel road bike and the back wheel seems to be moving off center and towards the ...
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Can’t seem to put the wheels back on the frame

I’ve removed both wheels to do some deep cleaning. And even though, I’ve removed the wheels before I would immediately pop them back on without a problem. This time I left them out for a few weeks, ...
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Rough riding bike!

I have a Cannondale touring bike with 27" x 1.25" tires on it. They are designed for an air pressure of 100 PSI (6.8 bar) which means I feel every bump on the country roads around here. I would like ...
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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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Could I replace a hub on a wheel?

I have a freewheel and I keep bending the axle, however the rim, spokes and tire are all fine, does anyone think it would be possible to unscrew the spokes, buy a new hub that has a freehub, install ...
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Bike wheel help for newbie

I was wondering if someone could help me? I have recently bought a Specialized Allez Sport road bike (61cm frame) and due to my weight I’m looking to upgrade the wheel set straight away due to my ...
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Front wheel buzzing intermittently

Just tried fixing up a 2007 Land Rover Kaikas MTB, that cost £400 (about $530) when it was new. The front wheel makes an intermittent buzzing sound, that usually lasts around 2 - 5 seconds, and might ...
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Bicycle spokes poking through rim, what can I do?

I bought an old road bike, and after fixing it a little went on my first ride and ended up with two flat tyres. Replacing the front tyre was fine, added new rim tape repaired the tube and was good to ...
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Buying new thru axle road wheels - What do I need to know?

I got a crazy good deal on a 2018 Cannonade Synapse - So much so I didn't pay attention to it having huge wheels/tires (21c rims and 30mm tires) until I got home. So now I want to swap out the wheels ...
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Which wheels are faster?

I look at the different wheels online (road bikes). What makes a wheel faster than another wheel? Often they have the same number of spokes, size, weight etc.. What I'm trying to get at is, how do ...
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Tightening the bolts on training wheels for a child's Schwin bike

My child is learning to ride his first bike and I have attached the training wheels to help him learn to balance. I have adjusted them to be slightly off the ground so he can get used to the feeling ...
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Can bicycle parking stands damage wheels? [duplicate]

I mean stands like this: If there is a little bit of wind or someone pushes your bike when they are trying to park, can the lateral forces damage the wheel?
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What makes a comfortable wheel?

I rode about 5000Km on Mavic Ksyrium Elite Wheels and changed them for inexpensive Prime race wheels. The difference in ride comfort is huge. The Mavic wheels provide a very harsh ride. The prime ...
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Can I swap a 700c onto a 26"/650b bike

Can I put a 700c (28") wheel on a 26" or 650b fork, it looks like I'll have plenty of room but I would need to get something to move my v brakes as they wouldn't touch the rim
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Calculate rolling resistance for foam filled tire

Let us consider a bike wheel. Does anybody know a way to calculate how much does rolling resistance changes if the inner tire volume is filled with foam instead of air? Let's assume a foam hardness ...
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Inner tube size

I'm really confused what inner tube size I need to buy for the tyres I have. Is anyone able to help me understand what is written on the tyre and what to look for? 40/100-622 33b moped m/c
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“Inherited” Bike… Lots of questions

My mate was massively into his bikes but badly broke his wrist several years ago. He finally decided to sell on his bike. Its a Serotta Ottrot S frame, Ultegra gearset, chris king hubs and stem. ...
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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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What's a good hub for ultra bikepacking races?

I've now twice had the body of the rear hub destroyed during bikepacking racing (999 Miglia 2017 and Race Around Denmark 2018). I'm currently using Zipp 303 Disc with 177D hubs from 2016 and it seems ...
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Is this new wheel out of true?

I just got a new road bike. Is this front wheel out of true? Or is it an acceptable amount of movement? I'm only using it to commute 10 miles a couple times a week. Thanks. https://streamable.com/...
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Need help identifying Industry Nine part

I recently picked up a box-lot of Industry Nine parts, including the items pictured. They are 92mm wide, and of varying diameters. Could someone please tell me what they are, and what they are used ...
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How much does a front wheel last with disc brakes vs calipers?

I've read that the calipers end up "eating" the rim. How many km in the city or touring (with a normal use of the brakes) does it take to destroy a rim? Is it something to worry about? Considering ...
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Raleigh Twenty front wheel removal

I'm trying to change the tires on a c. 1971 Raleigh Twenty, and I cannot for the life of me get the front wheel off: nuts are loosened, dynamo/basket support/mudguards all disengaged, but it won't ...
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Do hybrid bikes break/misalign easily?

Hi I recently bought a Brodie hybrid bike from a local bike store for ~$600 and as I know nothing about bikes I just trusted their recommendation to buy it. However on the way home today I made 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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How can I improve my downhill mountain bike as a commuter?

I have started commuting recently to work and university with my bike. It's not ideal, but as it is, I'm not willing to invest in a new one, hence why I'm looking for suggestions to improve my current ...
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What tool do I need to remove this Joytech freehub?

I have tried 10mm allen: too small, spins freely, with very little grip. Hub brand: Joytech On the outer side it has 9 ball bearings. Video showing right/drive side: ...
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Rim shot? Goes badly out of true at medium tension

I am pretty sure this rim is shot, but wanted confirmation and/or a better understanding of what's up. I'm fixing up a donor bike that was pretty apparently stored outside for years. Despite that, ...
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What can one damage by bending the wheel?

What parts may be damaged by bending rear wheel manually with very high force? My father bent rear wheel several times with such high force that the tire contacted the seat stays. Could he have ...
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Rear wheel of child’s bicycle

This bicycle is perhaps 25 years old, I have stored it in my attic. My wife and I recently got in down from the attic for an upcoming visit by our granddaughter. The problem is that the rear wheel ...
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Is it worth rebuilding a broken front wheel

Hit a pretty bad pothole at the weekend which caused the rim of my front wheel to shatter into 4 peices. The hub is still intact and appears fine. Is it worth buying a new rim and spokes and ...
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How to tell how many speeds a wheel is designed for

Let's say I have a freehub wheel with no cassette. How do I determine how many sprockets it's designed for? In particular, the wheel in question is a Mavic Aksium. Looking at the manufacturer's ...
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Replacing Schwinn Rim spokes

I need to replace my rim spokes for Schwinn 28" men and women's bikes which size do I order? and where can I order them? thanks
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Swap 7-speed for 9-speed

I have a Giant Defy 9-speed road bike, and a thief stole the front wheel. I found a good deal on a set of used Bontrager (Edit: Mavic Aksium) wheels, so I bought them as a set. I want to swap both ...
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Santa Cruz Chameleon tire and wheel choice

I’m thinking about upgrading to a Santa Cruz Chameleon. The majority of the time I would be using it to bike to school. For the amount of times I actually go mountain biking, I can just change the ...
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What happened to double eyelets?

Whenever I talk with old wrenches about wheelbuilding, they always seem to talk about double eyeleted rims as the pinnacle of strength and quality. However, it seems most modern, high-end rims have no ...
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Raleigh Alpine 4.2 Shimano front wheel and rear brakes assembly

Hi I recently purchased a Raleigh Alpine 4.2 Shimano. I am having a bit of difficulty with assembling the bike. Would anyone be able to assist with fitting the front wheel. I have included pictures ...
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Wheel size: 650 to 700

I have a Trek Speed concept series 7 frame size XS triathlon bike which is fitted with 650 size wheels. However I was wondering if I could at all put 700 wheels/tyres on, as when I brought it 2nd hand ...
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Removing rear hub end caps (Mavic Allroad Pro)

I've just bought a Mavic Allroad Pro wheelset and I want to convert the rear hub from 12x142 to 10x135 configuration. I bought the 10x135 adapters (highlighted in red in the attached image, it's a ...
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I have got 29er tires and I want to upgrade to 29 plus

Hi I am just about to take delivery on a new bike (Carrera Hellcat) with 29 inch wheels however I want to upgrade to 29 plus wheels and I have found some tires that will work but will my normal inner ...
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Does dropping off a 4" kerb damage wheels?

Every day I ride off a kerb from the pavement onto the road (about a 4" drop) on a pretty standard commuter bike with 26" tires. (I could get off, or ride around, but it's a pain…) Is this a good ...
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Stuck lock-nut on one side of the axle, can't push the axle out from the other side

So, I have a stuck lock nut on one side of my front axle, and I can't seem to get the axle out pushing on the other side. I need some pointers on diagnosing and repairing this. The bike is a Merida ...
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Can I install 11 speed cassette on 10 speed hub by skipping last cog?

I have got Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 speed on carbon tubular wheels. For indoor trainer use I am going to buy regular wheels and use a special trainer tyre for it. I found a cheap rear wheel for it, ...

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