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Old 06-01-11, 01:44 PM   #1
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Wheelset upgrade/possible other upgrades

Hey guys I am new to bicycling/the forum. I recently bought a generic fixed gear bike off of craigslist for a pretty good price. I am going to be using this bike to get myself to where I need to be, so I want to be sure that my bike is going to be reliable. From what I have noticed, and read my current wheelset is junk. I have hit a few potholes with it already and the front wheel seems to have a little wobble action going on. I want to upgrade my wheelset, and anything else that is going to go bad fast on me. So far I have replaced the pedals, and the saddle. I would like to spend under 300 dollars on the tires and wheels. From what I have read I was thinking about getting http://www.wabicycles.com/GXwheels.html
and putting gatorskin tires or thickslick tires on them.

Is this my best bet? should I change anything else on the bike instead, or in addition to the wheels? Let me know if this thread is in the wrong spot, or not allowed and I will delete it. thanks

The wheels I have are aeromax 700, and my tires are chao yang 700x23.

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Old 06-01-11, 02:14 PM   #2
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Order a set of Sun CR18's from Velomine and you will be good to go. Pretty bomb proof wheel set and a classic look.
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Order a set of Sun CR18's from Velomine and you will be good to go. Pretty bomb proof wheel set and a classic look.
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I'd give a look at the Wabi Wheelset, I bought mine about a month ago now and I love it. Strong and extremely light for the price.

http://www.wabicycles.com/GXwheels.html

$150 and Richard was awesome to order from.
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Old 06-01-11, 11:25 PM   #5
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From what I have noticed, and read my current wheelset is junk. I have hit a few potholes with it already and the front wheel seems to have a little wobble action going on.
Not enough information. How heavy are you? how far is it that you need to be? How are the roads?

You do know that you are not supposed to hit potholes. A few of those will wobble just about any wheel. If your local roads are that crappy, running 23c tires is what's wobbling your wheel (not enough cushion). 28c and above will make things better.
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Not enough information. How heavy are you? how far is it that you need to be? How are the roads?

You do know that you are not supposed to hit potholes. A few of those will wobble just about any wheel. If your local roads are that crappy, running 23c tires is what's wobbling your wheel (not enough cushion). 28c and above will make things better.
I weigh 140ish pounds, I couldn't give you a distance yet, but I'm going to be doing a fair amount of riding on chicago roads. I'm going to be moving there next month, and I plan on not using my car unless I absolutely have to.
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At your weight the Wabi ones should be just fine.

Keep in mind that it is a fairly skinny rim; the biggest tire you may be able to run on it is 28c.
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im north of 200lbs and rode the **** out several pair of wabi wheels without a worry
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Keep in mind that it is a fairly skinny rim; the biggest tire you may be able to run on it is 28c.
My friend put 35c tires on his DP18s, which are extremely narrow.
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Richard @Wabi mentioned when I bought them that they might be a bit hard to get tires onto. And oh dear god, they were a struggle, but I've managed to only get 1 flat in the several thousand miles I've ridden my bike (proper inflation and checking tire pressure before each ride ) so I'm not too concerned that I'll have to deal with it that often.
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Thanks guys! I will probably be ordering a pair of the wabi's then. Any tire recommendations?
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Do you skid?
Ride in rain?
Prefer longer lasting but rougher rolling or soft, grippy and supple tires?
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Do you skid?
Ride in rain?
Prefer longer lasting but rougher rolling or soft, grippy and supple tires?
I don't go nuts on the skidding, every once in a while I'll do a little skid or two. I will be riding in the rain, and durability is probably what I'm really looking for, a smooth ride would be nice if it was possible too.

Thanks for the response.
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I don't go nuts on the skidding, every once in a while I'll do a little skid or two. I will be riding in the rain, and durability is probably what I'm really looking for, a smooth ride would be nice if it was possible too.

Thanks for the response.
There are lots of tires out there, but my suggestion would be the Continental Gatorskin. It's high quality, grippy, puncture resistant, and lasts a fair amount of time. The occasional skid isn't a problem. Just as long as you aren't the type of guy who skids 1/2 a block, which it seems that you aren't.

http://www.google.com/search?q=conti...w=1280&bih=681
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