Why do bikes use wire wheels instead of 5 spoke wheels?
Why, since wires bend, do we use wire wheels, why not use 5 spoke wheels like this,
Is it weight? Cost? Style?
I do think wire wheels look cool, but if you could put a 5 spoke wheel and never have to worry about maintenance again ,why wouldn't you? I know you could always ding a rim, and have to fix that, but is not the prospect of no more bent wires seem better?
Then again I have never bent a wheel or wire. But I was thinking about upgrading my next bike, if it was nice enough.
On that note, what is a good place to read and buy bike components? I know Amazon sells everything, but I do not know what makes one wheelset better than the other.
I am also interested in changing out the Revo shifter on my bikes, I hate those kind, I like the indexed, push button to up shift, pull lever to downshift type.
I am interested in anything bikes, from inner tubes, to wheels, to cranks, to seats, any websites you guys use would be appreciated.