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Old 10-08-07, 07:47 PM   #1
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Rim size

I'm buying a new set of wheels and I'm wondering what size you guys ride on the street. On my roadie I ride 23's but a lot of the wheelsets I'm seeing are 17mm. Is that way too small for the street? It seems razor thin.
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tire size != rim size.
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tire size != rim size.
Right, but wheel size (width) pretty much denotes tire size, right? or around it at least.

or am I totally wrong and can put a huge inch and half size tire on a 17mm wheel?

EDIT: after some browsing around you're right, as always dutret. Then why the designation of 18 or 17mm wheel. What is that referring to?

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Yes, you probably could put a 37 mm tire on a 17 mm rim. However, you should not mix metric and imperial units when talking about such things. It's annoying.

The width designation gives you a range of tire widths that will be friendly with the rim.
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Yes, you probably could put a 37 mm tire on a 17 mm rim. However, you should not mix metric and imperial units when talking about such things. It's annoying.

The width designation gives you a range of tire widths that will be friendly with the rim.
Ah! I spent about an hour looking on sheldons site for just that chart.
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