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Old 06-05-11, 08:07 PM   #1
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Changing my wheels, which one should I take?

Hi all,

I just bought a bike last month (my first one!) and I'd like to know a few things.
It's a 2000 LeMond Buenos Aires, with the original Rolf Vector Rims (700x23c).

Now, I'd like to know what kind of bike it is. Is it a racing bike, or more of a touring? I'm using it 4-5 times a week, ~30k every time.

Also, I'd like to change the tires (the valve of one of the wheel just broke...). I looked a bit on internet and stumbled upon the Vittoria Rubino III. Are these good?

So yeah, thanks for all the help!
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Old 06-06-11, 12:54 AM   #2
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A broken valve stem means you need a new tube, not a new tire. If the tires are not badly worn or age cracked, they can still be used. The Vitoria Rubino series are good tires.

Your LeMond is a sports and entry level race bike. It is not a tourer.
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Thanks!
Changed my tube yesterday. Probably gonna change my tires at the end of the summer!

I'm happy I have a good bike!
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enjoy your new ride!
with regard to tires, keep in mind that the rear tire will wear much more quickly than the front, for two reasons. First, it bears more of the weight, and second, it transfers the drive-force to the ground (whereas the front tire only has significant friction relative to the ground when braking). If the sidewalls aren't old/rotted/cracked, you can just ride the tire until the main tread (the part that touches the ground) becomes worn through. (note that as this gets thinner, you will be more susceptible to punctures)
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To continue what TallRider said.

Because the rear wears faster some folks will occasionally rotote the tires front to rear. Others will just use them until the rear is gone then swing the still good front to the rear and put a new tire on the front. Repeat as needed as the rear wears through.

Others will change both so they can have the same brand and model of tires front and rear. This is pretty much purely aesthetics though since as long as you stay with the same style and size of tires you can mix and match brands and models without any issues on bicycles. They aren't as fussy on this count as performance cars or motorcycles.
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Thanks again guys!
Didnt know this thing about the rear tire!
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