Bicycle wheels are where the rubber hits the road, literally. For every mile you travel with a road bike, your wheel will rotate more than 300 times. Couple that road wear with lateral loads and drive-train loads and your wheels are going to wear down, sometimes fast. How fast depends on the quality of your bicycle wheels, your weight, road and trail conditions, braking and the amount of mileage you cover. With all these factors in play, it’s not surprising that replacement mileage can range from few thousand miles to 20,000 plus. So, it’s important to routinely inspect your bike wheels.
Upgrade your performance with new bicycle wheels
Sans replacement, one of the easiest ways to improve your bike’s performance without having to buy a new bike is through a bicycle wheel upgrade. Better material, bearings and hubs can give you a major performance boost. Stepping up to carbon fiber rims over alloy rims will give you greater wheel strength, lesser weight, and more aerodynamic qualities. Even changing the hubs on your rear wheels can make a massive difference buy delivering better pedaling efficiency with faster hub engagement to make your bike more responsive.
Selecting the right bike wheel
If you’re looking to upgrade your bike’s performance, you’ll have to take into consideration the type of riding you do during the selection process. Lighter bike wheels will greatly improve your ability to climb. Stronger bicycle wheels will be a major plus if you’re into touring or mountain biking. Aerodynamic wheels will make road riding easier. If you’re looking for greater comfort or a more forgiving ride, wider bicycle wheels will do the trick.
Whether you’re replacing your bicycle wheels or upgrading them, the selection process can be daunting. For starters, bike wheels are specific to the front and rear of your bike. Then there are other factors like tire dimensions, brake type, your axle attachment and dimensions, rear hub type and actual tire type. It pays to get insights from trained sales staff like ours to help you determine the ideal wheelset for your riding needs.
Extend wheel life with maintenance
Once you’ve finally decided on just the wheel, you’ll want to make sure you protect them with solid maintenance. Regular tune-ups are a good idea to make sure your bicycle wheels are perfectly round and spokes are tightened to the correct tension. Wheels repairs can also be made to extend their life and avoid replacement.
Our bike shop carries replacement bicycle wheels from these great manufacturers:
– American Classic
Plus, we have Reynolds and Zipp demo wheels in stock. Whether you’re looking for replacement bicycle wheels or an upgrade to boost your ride, our bike store can hook you up with the right bike wheel to rock your ride. Call the shop at 914-666-4044 or stop by to arrange a test ride.