Bicycle Mechanics - Help with Wheelset measurements and tires
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05-15-09, 12:03 AM
My Iron Horse Cyclone Road bicycle was damaged in a storm. The front and back wheel were bent and I now have to buy a whole new Wheelset. I use this bicycle for commuting and racing for fun (I'm a college student and can't invest much into the bike for serious racing just yet). The tires are still in good shape and are 700 X 23c. My tire tubes are 700 X 18/23. I found a nice wheelset in my price range that measured 700c X 20MM. I am trying to learn more and more about my bike but I have never had to deal with this before. Does anyone know if this wheelset will work or am I going to have to buy new tires as well? Any suggestions from a more experienced road cyclist?
05-15-09, 12:09 AM
A 20mm rim will fit a 23C tire no problem. I'm not sure what the cut-off is for what you are looking at. More info would be helpful. But a 23C tire is a sure-fit.
05-15-09, 12:32 AM
If 20mm is the internal width measurement of the new rims you might want to think twice about trying to put a 23mm tire on there as the tire would be quite skinny for such a wide rim.
Check the bottom of this page for some width recommendations:
If the new rims you are looking at are in fact 20mm interior (from bead seat to bead seat) then they are probably touring or hybrid style rims designed for a tire wider than the typical road bike tire. If the 20mm is the external measurement then Panthers007 was right and 23mm wide tires would probably be ok.
05-16-09, 11:11 PM
All it has on the info sheet is 700c X 20mm clincher. The model of the wheelset is 2009 Vuelta Zero-Lite. I will go back to the dealer's shop and see if I can dig up a little more info. Thank you for stating this. Like I said, I am new and really don't want to mess up.
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