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Old 04-09-13, 10:01 AM   #1
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New wheelset for my Raleigh Grand Prix 70's

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I bought myself an Raleigh Grand Prix which i want to transform to a singlespeed and therefore need a new wheelset. I'm not looking to get the best of the best, but just some good cheap wheels. I have looked at different shops, but a lot of them is $250+ and thats more than i gave for my bike. Can anyone suggest some good cheap wheelsets?

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Check ebay. The longer you wait, the better deal you'll get.
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You don't need a new wheelset. You just need to take the rear axle out, move the spacers around so that the single speed freewheel sits in the same plane as your chainring, then adjust the spokes (re-dish the wheel) so that the rim is centered in the frame.

I've done fixed gears the same way, with the cog "locked" by a bottom bracket lockring. I never had a problem with it, HOWEVER, because the lockring isn't reverse-threaded as on a true track hub, you should never ever ever run such a setup brakeless, as there's always the risk of spinning the cog off with back pedaling.
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Hi everyone

I bought myself an Raleigh Grand Prix which i want to transform to a singlespeed and therefore need a new wheelset. I'm not looking to get the best of the best, but just some good cheap wheels. I have looked at different shops, but a lot of them is $250+ and thats more than i gave for my bike. Can anyone suggest some good cheap wheelsets?

Thanks in advance

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I second the advice on Ebay good wheels cheap.

And there is a big choice of wheels for fixies and SS.
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You can get some decent cheap wheels here: http://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...x&cPath=87_172 The Alex wheels will be cheapest.

However the commenter above is right, you can use your existing wheels if you want to put a little work in. The cost of the tools will be cheaper than new wheels.

I would also caution you that while single speed is cool right now, I started on a single speed a few years back and quickly found it was not adequate for my riding. Unless your area is VERY flat you would probably be better served by a geared bike.
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If fixed is definitely your thing, don't forget the SSFG forum and it's marketplace http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...ar-Marketplace

There's a decent turnkey wheelset for $150. Much better than your old beat up wheel.

Also, let people know where you live. You never know.
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All of my cheap wheelsets have come from one of two places: Craigslist as an individual wheelset, or in the form of a complete bike from a variety of sources. I typically find alloy wheelsets complete with wheels, tires, tubes, rim strips, QR levers, freewheels for around $25, $50 max. I've picked up sets as low as $10, but that was quite unusual. Last set I picked up (three weeks ago) for $30 came with six tires, four new in the box, plus the rest of the stuff I mentioned above. They sat on the local C/L for several days, so its not like I scooped them up in 15 seconds.

I typically can find wheels locally for less than just the shipping cost on an ebay set.

Redish a standard set of wheels, buy a SS freewheel, and you then have a set of SS wheels.

If you are in the US, consider placing a wtb wheels in your local C/L. Be sure to put it in the bikes for sale section, as no one looks in the wanted section (at least in my area). Your bike came with 27 inch wheels, which tend to go the cheapest as "everyone" wants 700c instead. Nothing wrong with 27s, particularly if you want to save some coin.

So the question is really how resourceful are you? The more resourceful you are, the lower the cost will be.

I would consider my market to be slightly above average price wise. If you are in a red hot market, expect to pay more.

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Old 04-09-13, 01:27 PM   #8
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I wish I had your luck I can never find wheelsets here on the AZ craigslist.

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All of cheap wheelsets have come from one of two places: Craigslist as an individual wheelset, or in the form of a complete bike from a variety of sources. I typically find alloy wheelsets complete with wheels, tires, tubes, rim strips, QR levers, freewheels for around $25, $50 max. I've picked up sets as low as $10, but that was quite unusual. Last set I picked up (three weeks ago) for $30 came with six tires, four new in the box, plus the rest of the stuff I mentioned above.

So the question is really how resourceful are you? The more resourceful you are, the lower the cost will be.
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