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Old 08-23-19, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by dreitman View Post
So I've recently started using my MTB to commute to work. Traditionally my bike saw mostly trail use with occasional road use during family rides so the need for different tires wasn't warranted. But now I'm logging around 100mi a week commuting to work with occasional trail use and would like to switch to street tires. This seems simple enough but i still want my trail tires quickly available especially because my commute starts at a state park with some nice trails.

I was wondering if anyone has experience running two sets of quick release wheels (one with road tires, the other with trail tires). I would need the same size cassette on both the rear tires. My biggest concern would be the high/low stop points and the shift points on the rear derailleur. Are bike wheels generally manufactured to a tight enough tolerance that i could simple pull one set off and put the other set on and not have any issues? Or would i need to buy two new sets of wheels to make sure they match (my current set are 20 years old)?
It's a real slick setup if you can get everything to work together. I did this on my hybrid, a Trek Multitrack. Bought a spare set of wheels for like $40 off craigslist - three differences between the two sets of wheels, (1) rim width was slightly different so a slight brake adjustment when switching, (2) one rear was cassette and one was freewheel but they were both 7 speed and indexed fine without fiddling, and (3) the gearing was different, 11-28 (cassette) vs 14-34 (FW). I used one set for street tires and one set for ice studs, kept me from having to ride studded tires 24 miles/day 5 days/wk, so it was worth the hassle. Settled on the 14-34 for studs (and later for knobbies) as top speed was naturally lower on icy roads and off-road. It was actually really nice to have that extra versatility in a bike that was already quite versatile.
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