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Is it normal for spokes to poke through the rim this much?

Welcome to Bicycles SE Without being pedantic you’re seeing the top of the nipple making an impression on the rim tape. It might be OK. Lift the tape/liner with a blunt edge and have a look under. As ...
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Are 26'' wheels and tubes a thing of the past?

The sheer number of bikes in the world with 26" wheels means finding a tire is unlikely to be a big problem for a long time, if ever. Plenty of BSO's being sold are still 26" and there are ...
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Bike too large, if I change the wheels to a smaller size will this lower the height?

There are several issues worth addressing. The frame is too big, when I stand on the bike, off the seat, my toes only just touch the ground. I'm not thinking this is safe to ride around London. When ...
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Old tire blew out of the rim

Is it normal for a bead to rip out of an old tire? Yes When a tire reaches the age where the cloth core of the tie has dry rotted then it is normal for the bead to tear rip out even under normal tire ...
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Are 26'' wheels and tubes a thing of the past?

Global touring is a niche, with very specific needs. Even if the general trend is the increase of the size of the wheels, there might specific reasons for a heavy duty touring bike to prefer smaller ...
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Old tire blew out of the rim

Maximum pressure in a rotten MTB tire at 4.5 bar. Why would it not go wrong? Pressure gauges are sometimes not perfectly accurate, so perhaps you went above the max pressure in reality? Max pressure ...
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Are 26'' wheels and tubes a thing of the past?

Largely, I think you can say that the answer to this question is "yes". There are some exceptions where new, enthusiast-to-professional grade bikes are specified with 26" wheels. The ...
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"Hooked rims only" tire on hookless rim?

There is a muddle of history and context here. For decades, before the rise of hookless tubeless-compatible (often carbon) rims, many tire sidewalls of all sizes and genres said "hooked rim only&...
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Bike too large, if I change the wheels to a smaller size will this lower the height?

Being able to touch the ground while sitting on the saddle is not a criterion. When you stop you are supposed to move in front of the saddle. If you are in front of the saddle and unable to stand on ...
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Are 26'' wheels and tubes a thing of the past?

I think the title of the question should be edited to state that the question is related to touring bikes. Right now the title and questions body are really asking two related but separate questions ...
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How far a damaged rim can be taken safely

It’s impossible to say scientifically, but chances are the damage is not material. You can exercise watchful waiting. That is, leave this photo up, and check back next week to see if anything looks ...
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How can I treat small glass cuts on my bike tyre?

Against glass on roads, there are three measures (pick one or two ;)), and mostly preventive: Puncture Resistant Tires: there are product ranges meant provide additional protection (typically kevlar ...
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Old tire blew out of the rim

Clearly the tyre was unsafe, and a visual inspection would have showed it needed replacement. If you looked at that and thought it was okay, you need to reset and recalibrate your judgement. Is the ...
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Are my rims "tubeless-ready"?

No, these do not appear to be tubeless compatible. Tubeless compatible rims have sidewalls that are much shorter than yours. These are necessary to create an area for the tire bead to lock into. ...
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How can I treat small glass cuts on my bike tyre?

With some kind of protection inside the tyre, the best you can do is check the tyre occasionally. The tyre doesn't have to be airtight (assuming you're not running a tubeless setup, and it sounds like ...
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Do I need new rim tape after replacing spoke + nipple?

Rim tape is surprisingly stretchy. If you can get one pick or screwdriver under it, then work a second stick of some sort underneath, it should be possible to flip the whole ring of tape off the rim ...
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Do I need new rim tape after replacing spoke + nipple?

It depends on the Rim Tape. Some variants are closed rubber or PU rings of flat material and can be easily removed with a tire mounting tool. If you don't rip them apart on disassembly, you can of ...
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Spoke nipples sticking out

Yes. You have a single-walled rim (which is a terrible name because it's really a single "valley floor") These are sometimes called "box section" rims because they're ...
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Bike too large, if I change the wheels to a smaller size will this lower the height?

No - this bike cannot take smaller wheels Based on the photo - you have rim brakes on an 80's or early 90's road bike. The height of the pads has a few millimetres of adjustment, but not enough to go ...
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Dangers of exceeding tire width tolerance

Too wide tire (relative to the inside rim width): handling will be become "vague", as the tire will move more laterally than it should, especially at low pressure (which is recommended for ...
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Old tire blew out of the rim

It's not surprising that a tire would be so deteriorated that the casing loses strength. Is the rim OK? It's difficult for a bunch of Internet strangers to say. If the aluminum is not visibly deformed ...
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Help finding diameter for WTB ST i30

I am lacing an ST i30 TCS2.0 29" rim. I phoned WTB to confirm, and customer service asked what model I had; TCS or TCS2.0. I have the TCS2.0 version, and he stated that according to his ...
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Tubular glue remover for CARBON

You can try a light lubricating spray like GT-85. I've had success with this and some wire wool when working on a metal rim. For a carbon rim you'll want to find an alternative to wire wool, of course,...
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How can I treat small glass cuts on my bike tyre?

For a moderate hole/cut in the tire, I would patch the inside of the tire because the cut can expand over time. The patch will arrest this some. Patching the inside of a tire is fairly straightforward....
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Does my rim need tape?

I would suggest in this case you to select a thick rubber rim tape. There are several types of rim tapes: for single-wall rims and for double-wall rims. Double-wall rims have large holes through which ...
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Does my rim need tape?

Yes, get yourself some 10mm rim tape and cover the nipples. It will prevent the edges from chafing holes in the tube.
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How can I treat small glass cuts on my bike tyre?

I have used superglue with some success on cuts in a tire. If a cut is small and not very deep I ignore it. If the cut is larger, but not too large, the superglue method can have some success. I have ...
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How can I treat small glass cuts on my bike tyre?

If the cut is small, and you've removed whatever sharp make the cut, then just leave it. Any cut under 1-2 millimetres should be fine to leave, as long as cut does not show any threads tube is not ...
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Is it normal for spokes to poke through the rim this much?

As long as nothing is poking through the rim tape it’s fine.
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Is Zipp the only company that makes variable/undulating rim depth wheels?

Mavic has a sculpted rim on their XA wheelset. I’m not sure if it’s used on any of their road products. The claim is that it removes unneeded material and reduces weight. EDIT In 2023 Mavic seems to ...
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