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    Quick bike questions from a newbie

    OK, a while ago I started a thread asking some questions about a bike and some mods to the bike. Here's the original thread:

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...75#post2857375

    Anyway, I just got the bike back from the shop. The installed the two sets of levers, changed the cable brake cable housings, trued the rims, taped the bar, and replaced the front rim that I bent in a crash. The only part of the repairs that I'm concerned with is the front wheel. It seems to be a good 1/4" wider than the back wheel. Am I going to be losing a bunch of performance with this? Why did the shop put something on that was wider? They even had to special order the rim.

    Also, when using the front brakes there is a screeching sound that wasn't there before. Is this normal with a new rim? Does it just need to break in? The brake pads didn't screech with the old rim.

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    It sounds like they may have ordered the wrong wheel and put it on without noticing. The breaks have to be toed in a little and the noise should stop.
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    Interesting. Will this hurt performance? I'm running out of summer and I'd hate to have the bike back in the shop for another week.

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    Communicate your concerns to the bike shop & see what they say. The squeal is a simple adjustment to fix and does not indicate any wheel problem.

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    I'm going to take it back in. I seriously don't see how they messed this up. The tire on the new rim is (as stated on the tire) 27"x1 3/8" and the old tire (assuming it's the same as the rear) says 27"x1 1/4". I don't know if that's a big difference in the bike world, but it seems to be with me. The bike feels a little unbalanced now with the back tending to wobble slightly.

    I have a suspicion that they knew but just figured I wouldn't notice. Not only is it clearly stated, but you can visibly see that the front is wider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomheartmother
    I'm going to take it back in. I seriously don't see how they messed this up. The tire on the new rim is (as stated on the tire) 27"x1 3/8" and the old tire (assuming it's the same as the rear) says 27"x1 1/4". I don't know if that's a big difference in the bike world, but it seems to be with me. The bike feels a little unbalanced now with the back tending to wobble slightly.

    I have a suspicion that they knew but just figured I wouldn't notice. Not only is it clearly stated, but you can visibly see that the front is wider.
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    Well, I took it in, and the guy said that they were aware of the difference and that the difference is OK. So a difference of width of 1/8" doesn't affect anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomheartmother
    ...So a difference of width of 1/8" doesn't affect anything?
    No, it probably shouldn't. If you want to take the time, just move the larger tire to the rear wheel and your handling issues should be solved. If you don't want to take the time, having the larger wheel on the front isn't going to harm anything and may actually provide better braking traction.

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