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Old 07-02-12, 11:00 PM   #1
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Where can I get a cheap FG/SS Wheelset?

Hey guys, just arrived here, new to the forums. Well the other day, I just picked up a WalMart Thruster bike, in the Green/Yellow/Blue-Indigo paint scheme, wanted the Black/Red/Yellow, but they were all sold out. Anyway, this is my first FG/SS and it was cheap for around $110, even looking for individual parts was much more expensive, so I plan on building on this. This will be a fun project.

First thing is first, where can I get the cheapest set of wheels 700c, for this bike? New or used works just fine with me. I just need something normal colored to cover the colors of these wheels. I have already planned to add drop bars or a bullhorn, and that should be it. Everything else on the bike is "usable" for now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Fewer options, but also very cheap, but not as cheap as just getting Thruster wheels for $100 and getting an entire rest of the bike for free

http://www.cutebikes.net/
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Fewer options, but also very cheap, but not as cheap as just getting Thruster wheels for $100 and getting an entire rest of the bike for free

http://www.cutebikes.net/
It's tough huh? I cannot find anything for around $50 or less? I don't get why WM did that, the colored wheels would cost more than the regular silver or black colored wheels.

Also, have you ordered from the place before? Are they reputable? For $15, the pedals and strap don't look to bad. My first priority right now, is to spend the least amount of money, to make it look less and less like a WM bike.
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You might find something around $50 used, not new though.
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It's tough huh? I cannot find anything for around $50 or less? I don't get why WM did that, the colored wheels would cost more than the regular silver or black colored wheels.
Yeah.... you're not gonna find a new wheelset for under 50 bucks....
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It's tough huh? I cannot find anything for around $50 or less? I don't get why WM did that, the colored wheels would cost more than the regular silver or black colored wheels.

Also, have you ordered from the place before? Are they reputable? For $15, the pedals and strap don't look to bad. My first priority right now, is to spend the least amount of money, to make it look less and less like a WM bike.
I haven't ordered from Cute since I was eventually lucky enough to get wheels for free, cog for $3 and lockring for $25

Keep in mind that the cheap Cute wheels come with 16T fixed cog and freewheel, gotta get cog and lockring separate @ Velomine.

Velomine does have $65 rear wheels, also needing cog + lockring, though.
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You might find something around $50 used, not new though.
Yea, I will search around for that. I mean stock, it is not just the color of the bike wheels, but how wide they are sitting on 700x38s, way too wide, if the wheels could take 28's, I would have half a mind to keep it like that but probably not. I mean even my normal bike runs on 28s.
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Here is a complete wheelset with 28mm tires included ... $105
(Freewheel 16t Steel 1/8" cog and lockring included)
http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1917



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Here is a complete wheelset with 28mm tires included ... $105
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http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1917



Thanks for the kind words and all, but this makes me feel bad now. For what I paid of the bike, and with the upgrades, it is like I may as well return it and just get a Kilo TT or some alternative. I was just looking for a fun Fixie Project to get into, and use it as a somewhat normal commuter. I was looking to spend around $150-180 total including the bike. I may have to reconsider this now.

But that is a great deal, new set of wheels and tires, everything is included.
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Fortunately for you, Walmart has a pretty good return policy.

They also sell spray paint.
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Thanks for the kind words and all, but this makes me feel bad now. For what I paid of the bike, and with the upgrades, it is like I may as well return it and just get a Kilo TT or some alternative. I was just looking for a fun Fixie Project to get into, and use it as a somewhat normal commuter. I was looking to spend around $150-180 total including the bike. I may have to reconsider this now.
Surprised that no one suggested this yet. I was gonna say velomine too of course, until I saw you got a Walmart bike. I wouldn't bother upgrading or investing in that...unless, you ride it to death and end up picking up another frame where you can transfer the parts to.
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Surprised that no one suggested this yet. I was gonna say velomine too of course, until I saw you got a Walmart bike. I wouldn't bother upgrading or investing in that...unless, you ride it to death and end up picking up another frame where you can transfer the parts to.
That is what I figured at first as well, for the price I could ride it to death, and get another, and then another. For the price of one decent FG/SS bike, but I was thinking of some light modding to it, to make it more comfortable. So I think I may just keep the wheels for now, but upgrade the Handle Bars and the Pedals, and call it quits there. That should only run me around $50 in upgrades.

Because if I was to upgrade it all, and it gets stolen (happens in my area), I would feel really bad about the upgrades rather than the bike itself.
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i get most of my "affordable" items thru my local fg shop: www.junkyrustybikes.net he can build you almost any wheelset you want
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i get most of my "affordable" items thru my local fg shop: www.junkyrustybikes.net he can build you almost any wheelset you want
Are they pretty reliable, I live in NorCal, so are they pretty good with shipping and the whole reliability issue?
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yes, call em ask for Jeffrey...he deals with a lot of shipped items...he has built me about 5-6 wheelsets for different bikes and all held up
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What's wrong with the stock wheels, again?
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What's wrong with the stock wheels, again?

The color apparently...

Pro-tip, buy the bike you want, it's always cheaper.


Pro-tip2: swap the front and back tires, the colors wont stand out as much if the tires match the rims.
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He's also worried about their ability to hold 28mm tires. Since he's already got some 28mm tires I'd try one on the rear, @ around 80 psi and see if it holds. I think they're painted steel hoops so they might blow off but there's only one way to find out.

Once you get it up to 60 psi, add 5 lbs at a time and inspect bead to see if it's about to blow off.

I weigh 145 ATM and can run 80 in 28s no prob.
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They're aluminum, according to the Wal-Mart site. Should be fine for high-pressure tires.
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He's also worried about their ability to hold 28mm tires. Since he's already got some 28mm tires I'd try one on the rear, @ around 80 psi and see if it holds. I think they're painted steel hoops so they might blow off but there's only one way to find out.

Once you get it up to 60 psi, add 5 lbs at a time and inspect bead to see if it's about to blow off.

I weigh 145 ATM and can run 80 in 28s no prob.
I am pretty sure they won't because the outside measures around 20mm wide, while the inside measures about 27mm wide of the rim.
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I am pretty sure they won't because the outside measures around 20mm wide, while the inside measures about 27mm wide of the rim.
I'm going to assume the 27 was a typo and is supposed to be 17.

It will hold 28's. No problem.
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I'm going to assume the 27 was a typo and is supposed to be 17.

It will hold 28's. No problem.
No, i got it reversed, 20 inside, 27 outside.

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