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Old 12-18-12, 04:44 PM
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Is this rim and tire combination compatible?

Spinlitecycle's 'Velocity Aerohead Recumbent Rim' and Schwalbe Durano 20 inch tire. I'm pretty new to cycling so I can't really decipher the jargon I read. I understand 406 is a specific type of 20 inch tire(the tire size of my bike) and that's about it.

For those who may not be familiar with spinlitecycle's rims, here's the website:

https://www.spinlitecycling.com/recumbent_rims.htm
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Yes, the 406 rim will work with a Durano 406 tire.

There are two versions of 20" tire, the 406 and the 451. Both sizes designate the diameter in mm at the bead. The two sizes are not interchangeable; so you have to make sure you get the correct 20" rim and tire. AFAIK, Schwalbe follows the ISO standard of tire designations. 406 tires have a decimal size, i.e. 20x1.125, while 451 tires have fractional designations, i.e. 20x1 1/8. Continental does NOT follow this standard. Caveat emptor.

BTW, the 406 size is the same bead diameter that most common BMX bikes use and come in widths from .9" to over 2".

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The bike in my avatar uses a Velocity Fusion front rim, also in 406, and uses a Durano tire. The Fusion is 1mm narrower than the Aerohead. I don't think the 1mm is significant, and the combination should result in a nice-handling front wheel.

For anybody who is confused by all the different tire sizes, Sheldon Brown's (RIP) site has a good article on tire sizing.
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
It's all good to know, especially for recumbent riders, whose mounts seem to use so many unusual sizes.
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Originally Posted by BicycleNirvana8 View Post
Spinlitecycle's 'Velocity Aerohead Recumbent Rim' and Schwalbe Durano 20 inch tire. I'm pretty new to cycling so I can't really decipher the jargon I read. I understand 406 is a specific type of 20 inch tire(the tire size of my bike) and that's about it.
For those who may not be familiar with spinlitecycle's rims, here's the website:
https://www.spinlitecycling.com/recumbent_rims.htm
IMO you need to look elswhere,,those rims are a bit overpriced,,IMO,,,,and I'm no expert,,,,,
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Originally Posted by osco53 View Post
IMO you need to look elswhere,,those rims are a bit overpriced,,IMO,,,,and I'm no expert,,,,,
Well, maybe that too. I haven't priced them lately. Velocity will build entire wheels, too, ya know... Velocity likes their recumbent customers and offers sets in 'our' sizes.
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Could you point me to a good inexpensive rim company then? I was actually under the impression I could get two complete Velocity Aerohead rims for $70.00 on this site (Rims, Spokes, Hubs and Skewers). I have not much experience with bicycle equipment yet as I've only truly been biking (consistent biking that is) for almost two years now, and haven't had the ability to experiment and buy different parts/upgrades - so I'm a complete novice.
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Cheapest price for a complete single Velocity wheel is probably somewhere in the $200 range. (A wheel is rim, hub, spokes. Usually a skewer comes with a wheel. A rim is just the hoop.)

One source for Velocity wheels is Hotel Shoppe. https://www.hostelshoppe.com/cgi-bin/...ategory=609500

HS also builds up wheels from Alex rims for less $$. https://www.hostelshoppe.com/cgi-bin/...ory=1229713826

Does your bike have two 406 wheels? Or, is the rear wheel larger?
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