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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 03-14-14, 08:43 PM   #1
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Wheel for my trainer

I ride a Jamis Nova Sport. I bought a trainer to get more time on the bike. I would like to buy a cheap rear wheel for my trainer tire. That way, I can just switch the rear wheel depending on whether I'm on the trainer, or road. Can anyone recommend a place to find a rear wheel?

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Old 03-14-14, 10:20 PM   #2
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Getting out of trainer season in the northern hemisphere.

How are your OEM wheels? Maybe getting a nicer road wheel, and using your existing wheel for the trainer is worth doing.
This is my first bike. The road wheels seem ok to me, but I don't have enough knowledge to know the difference. What would you suggest for an upgrade to my current wheels? The current wheels are Alex XC23s.
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Old 03-14-14, 10:40 PM   #3
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Ebay or Amazon...They have some cheap Dimension or Sta-tru brand wheels. Moochems suggestion is also good, if you have an older bike.
Wheel $40+, cassette $30+, tire and tube around $20...add rim tape and its around $100 on cheap, or invest more and buy a good wheel/cassette so you can use it on your trainer AND as a spare.
LBS may also have some new take offs. Bike coops may provide you with some cheap alternative.
I use rollers so I don't change my rear wheel, but when I was using my regular trainer, I just bought some older bike off craigslist to use it on it.
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This is my first bike. The road wheels seem ok to me, but I don't have enough knowledge to know the difference. What would you suggest for an upgrade to my current wheels? The current wheels are Alex XC23s.
Hey Joe. How old is your bike? Either way no need to upgrade your wheels if they are in a good shape. If it's an older bike, check the rim holes next to spoke nipples for any cracks. Most of them are hard to spot, especially at first, but then they like to grow faster and be more visible. If they have some cracks already - they still will be perfectly safe to use it on your trainer.
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Old 03-18-14, 07:20 AM   #5
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Hey Joe. How old is your bike? Either way no need to upgrade your wheels if they are in a good shape. If it's an older bike, check the rim holes next to spoke nipples for any cracks. Most of them are hard to spot, especially at first, but then they like to grow faster and be more visible. If they have some cracks already - they still will be perfectly safe to use it on your trainer.
The bike is about 6 months old.
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If you get a new wheel/cassette, you may also need to adjust the rear derailleur from wheel to wheel. The new wheelset on my road bike required this, going from cheap factory supplied hubs to Shimano.

Personally, I would not worry about it until next winter. Its going to be riding weather outdoors now. Of course, I have an exercise bike so... Just use the tire you have now, if it wears some, get a new one for pavement, and get a trainer tire for next year!

Remember to order tires from PBK (Probikekit) in UK. Their prices on tires are just about unbeatable!
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And the chain may wear into the existing cassette, so perhaps you would just change the casette over
to the other wheel to keep it paired with the chain, then when you go out on the road with a new cassette ,
get a new chain for the new cassette mate.

how about N+1 with another of the same wheel from your Jamis Bike dealer?
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