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For touring bicycles, how much stronger is a 26'' vs 27.5'' wheel

require more external effort/stress to bend I'm sorry to have to say this, but such a statement means that its author has no grasp on the physics of a wheel with spokes. Please do not take other such ...
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Rear wheels are dished. Why not "dish" the frame instead?

A reason I would see is related to the cranks: a dished frame would require to have a chainring further from the center of the bike, which can be a problem from ergonomic and structural points of view....
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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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Air that escapes from tire smells really bad

In my experience, the inside of inner tubes always smells bad, so there's a chance that while in storage, the air inside the inner tube has gone particularly pungent and will dissipate after use. I ...
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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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Different configurations for lenticular wheels

A few things worth noting. A front disc wheel (lenticular or paracular) is almost always aerodynamically faster than a non-disc wheel, all other things being equal (e.g. tyre, pressures, etc.). So it'...
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Can I swap a gravel wheel with 1x10 cassette for a new road wheel with 1x12?

No, your derailleur/shifter is indexed for 10 speeds, not 12 (spacing between cogs is smaller in 12-speed cassettes).
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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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Lateral loading strength of a bicycle wheel

Welcome to the site! Nicely written question. For starters, your bike shouldn't have broken under what were (more or less) static conditions. It's not like you hit a bump and that bent the wheels. You'...
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Air that escapes from tire smells really bad

In my experience, rubber or rubber like components of a bike are better changed when bringing an "old" bike back to use condition. Inner tubes degrade and become porous and prone to "...
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Air that escapes from tire smells really bad

The easiest solution would be to replace the inner tube. If you'd like to avoid that cost and waste, it may be possible to squirt some liquid disinfectant inside the tube by first removing the valve ...
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Catastrophic hub failure, can the freewheel and rim be saved?

The practical choices are replace the axle or replace the wheel. Replacing the hub would mean rebuilding the rim on a new hub, which is not cost-effective for this kind of wheel, especially since ...
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Hub spacer behind 105 cassette

These are used when the freehub body and cassette size are not matching, there are various combinations depending on the scenario 10-Speed cassette on 11-Speed freehub body requires both 1.85mm (...
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For touring bicycles, how much stronger is a 26'' vs 27.5'' wheel

Is it possible to express in numbers (quantify) how much stronger are 26'' compared to 27.5''? Lateral strength is what differs. Lateral strength usually doesn't matter in a bicycle, because lateral ...
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For touring bicycles, how much stronger is a 26'' vs 27.5'' wheel

I'm going to assume that the question is not "is it possible to measure strength" but what would the numbers actually be. I'm also going to assume that by "strength" the question ...
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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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Where can I find removable training wheels?

I ended up buying a socket wrench and socket in order to remove hex nut holding the block in place. I bought the wrench on eBay and the socket from Home Depot, which sells individual sockets. With the ...
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Loud squeal from front wheel - mechanical disc brake, QR axle

Got to the bottom of it. Was the mudguard! Tyres are thick and pretty knobbly and it was rubbing and squeaking against the mudguard. Not what I expected but just glad it's resolved. Will invest in ...
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Is a factory-made wheel being 3.5 mm out of dish a problem?

Taking what you've said: you've been using it for years, it's probably fine left unaltered. How does it look in the fork? is that 3.5mm obvious? is the tyre closer to one side than the other? The ...
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What make are these spokes with squared-off sections below the threads?

If this spoke were a straight-pull, then the flats would serve as a place where one could grip the spoke with more standard tools compared to spoke holding pliers: Without something to hold the spoke ...
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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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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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For touring bicycles, how much stronger is a 26'' vs 27.5'' wheel

For this case, the quality of the wheel, the number of spokes (their lacing, their tensioning) are much critical than a "simple metric" such as the diameter. You can make any wheel strong, ...
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Catastrophic hub failure, can the freewheel and rim be saved?

You appear to have a 7 speed freewheel, instead of a more modern cassette. These hubs are chronic for having an unsupported length on the right-hand side, inside the cogs. The best solution is to find ...
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Carbon rim depth - 44 or 56mm?

Per the FAQ, we don't make product recommendations. However, crosswind stability is a significant consideration. Here, you are probably better with the shallower wheel. Ronan McLaughlin discusses the ...
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Lateral loading strength of a bicycle wheel

I agree with the other answer (https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/89517/33932) that you had inadequate spoke tension. It should be possible to put all reasonable lateral loads on a bike wheel that ...
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700c to 26in V-brake conversion

There are clamp-on V-brake mounts that could be added to your seatstays. My guess is that you would need to take a hacksaw to your existing brake mounts, as they would interfere with the brake arms. ...
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Hub spacer behind 105 cassette

If have an 11-speed groupset, and the largest sprocket is equal or larger than 34T, the cassette is in fact built using MTB specifications (MTB Hyperglide freehub bodies have kept the "historical&...
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What dynamo hub wheel do I need?

That wheel has a solid axle. I prefer to think of it as a nutted axle for obvious reasons. It's cross-compatible with quick release, and quick release is easier to buy, but the sort of hub you have is ...
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Tightening drive side bolt for Mavic Cosmic Elite rear wheel

Set the red end first. That side stays tight for this adjustment. It is done with a 5mm allen key in the axle and a 17mm cone spanner from the same side. Adjust for play at the blue end as a secondary ...
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