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    Member thomasw333's Avatar
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    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,

    http://www.amazon.com/ACS-Mag-Front-...VXKFWPHCDJWT05

    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.

    Thanks.

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    Member thomasw333's Avatar
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    Just found this cool website, it is about Dahon and Tern but gives ideas for any folding bike,

    http://handsonbike.blogspot.com/2013...ahon-tern.html

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    New usename ThorUSA brakemeister's Avatar
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    blast from the past .... surely
    I had some of those ..they do bend by the way , the bearings suck, cold weather they feel like ... lol One speed obviously, did I mention they are VERY heavy

    being a spoke man ...lol I crinch when you say wire ...although they are made out of wire. very expensive wire by the way for most ....

    wheels ? I got wheels .... how about 15 different ones :-)
    www.thorusa.com
    Dahon : Freedom Unfolds
    Tern : all about the ride

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    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
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    I think Skyway is still making Fiberglass filled Nylon wheels , a good utility cart and wheel chair wheel, maybe BMX.

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    Senior Member bhkyte's Avatar
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    Skyways used to be the requirement for non race bmx disciplines like freestyle and vert.

    But wide heaviest spoked wheels has been the way for 20 years plus.
    Bikes; dual drive Mezzo X2 bullbar previously owned brompton with mods. Also 3 birdies + downtube FS

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