Questions tagged [wheels]

The big round things your bike rolls on. Rims, spokes, hubs, etc. If it's all about the rubber part, the "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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Disc brake rotor scraping against mounting bracket

(My question is related to Rear disc brake rotor rubbing against caliper frame mount? but I hope to provide some more context & photos.) I have a Rocky Mountain Edge mountain bike (possibly 2011 ...
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Replacing rear solid axle with skewer

Hoping someone can advise. I recently ordered a Saris Fluid2 trainer, which requires me to use a special quick release skewer on the rear wheel.  However, my regular road bike is an old Acapulco ...
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How to enlarge dropout slots?

I have a Raleigh Grand Prix and was trying to put a modern wheelset on it, but the front dropout slots are too narrow to fit the axle. Is it safe or possible to enlarge the slots? The fork is chrome ...
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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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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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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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Wheel Building - Should key spoke be inside or outside flange?

I’m working on my first wheel build and reading a lot of articles about spoke patterns. Some articles say the key spoke (drive-side, to the right of the valve) should be on the outside of the flange, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is this nut?

I've been searching on Google for the last hour trying to figure out if this is some kind of security nut. It's on a Shimano hub on the rear wheel.
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Peugeot UO-9 super sport rim upgrade

I would like to upgrade the rims from 27 x 1.25 to 700c. I would like to use the same 5 speed cassette on the 700c rim (see pic below). Would any new 700c cassette hub rear wheel work with that ...
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How to silence a creaking cassette/freehub body

I have a DT Swiss ARC 1400 Dicut 63 rear wheel. It has a Shimano rear derailleur 11 speed LIGHT (ASL11) freehub body and I have an Ultegra 11-28 11-speed cassette. After a few weeks it started to ...
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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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What are the spokes of the Kona Rove ST [duplicate]

I have a Kona Rove ST 2019. The specs only say "Spokes: Stainless Black 14g". How do I know the precise reference so I can buy some spare ones online?
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Is the lateral brake disc position standardized (and, if so, to what tolerance)?

I am thinking about getting a second wheel set for my CX bike to be able to easily swap between road and off-road tires (and possibly run a tubeless setup). The bike is equipped with 12mm through-...
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70's Peugeot to Fixed Gear Conversion

I have an old 1970's Peugeot frame (originally a 10-speed, I believe) that I have been slowly trying to convert to a fixed gear bike. I am at a complete loss for which wheelset is appropriate. I have ...
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Front wheel doesn’t spin freely

My front wheel doesn’t spin freely. I had the hub tightened and now it has a lot of resistance. I use bolts, not a quick release. There isn’t rust on the fork, the brakes are not rubbing.
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32H 2x rear wheel for velodrome - is it ok?

I'm building new wheelset for my track bike which I am going to use on velodrome only. I have H+SON SL42 rims and Miche Primato hubs, 32H. I've ordered some cheep spokes and suddenly realized that I ...
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Fenders that will work for swapping between 650b and 700c wheels

History I'm a bike commuter that rides 23 miles round trip. I usually quit once the winter weather gets bad, but I'd like to move towards commuting year round. In addition, I've been wanting to ...
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My wheel tilts to the left (to the disc side) any solution

My front tire tilts to the left when I brake hard when speeding on my bicycle. I tried almost everything to get it fixed but no luck. Can you guys tell me the reason for that? If you know how to fix ...
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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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I bent a rim, what kind of new rim should I buy?

I bent a rim on a wheel that has a tire that’s 25-622 (700x25E). What kind of new rim should I buy? What kind of rim is compatible with this tire? I do not know how to size rims.
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Balance bike: fitting smaller wheels

I'm building a balance bike for a daycare kid. He is tall so I have a longer frame for him, but I think the tires might he too big. Can I put 12.5" tires on forks for 16" tires?
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