The Importance Of Bicycle Rims And Wheels

Published: 22nd September 2009
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The first bicycle wheels of a chariot drawn by horses, wood with a metal ring of the bicycle rim, very hard and very uncomfortable to handle. Then a man called Dunlop (Scottish) invented the pneumatic tire, this along with Macadam (another Scot) inventing the asphalt surface made cycling more comfortable.

The bicycle rim, like the bicycle frame has not changed much in design, the round is still and always will be. From the edges of wood following were the first steel alloy, then and now, if you can afford it, carbon. Of all bicycle parts the bicycle rim can make a big difference in how your bike handles. First, the weight of the rim affects your sprinting and climbing low weight down for a long effort by plane, the weight is not as important as when you roll the wheel weight can help move forward. The shape of the rim can be important too, a flat rim is best for climbing as aerodynamics are not as important on a hill, a deep section, aero, rim will help you cut through the air, but in a cross wind could cause steering problems.

Materials Bicycle Tires

The different materials used for rims are very important also, steel is heavy and if damaged can be difficult to reverse in shape, but because its so strong it is quite difficult to bend, first and steel is cheaper than other materials. Alloy is probably the most popular of the rim can be made in any shape and profile, flat or aero, but not too deep, because then weighed too much, most tires are deeper layers of an alloy of braking section nearest the wheel, then the deeper layers mounted on a carbon for lightness and aerodynamics and a very beautiful bicycle rim. Like most things if money is no object, you can go for the best, this would be an all carbon rim, strong and lightweight, but there are some problems with the tires, first not brake as well in humid conditions and must use special brake blocks for carbon and can be expensive, also the rim has to be perfectly round and has no bulge in the wall of the rim as this will make braking quite erratic, carbon is a difficult material to work and be well cared for.

Types of Cuenca to take into account

There are two types of borders to consider and this depends on what type of tire to use, must first tubular tires these are glued to the bicycle rim, cost more and are difficult to repair after a puncture, but for racing feel and wonderful ride. Clincher tires have improved a lot recently, and are almost as good as tubulars for performance and are easily repairable and more reasonably priced. Most manufacturers make all styles of both systems.

So should I buy? It is no easy answer, as there is much to choose from, years ago I went to your local bike shop, who chose the centers, radios and tires I wanted and it would build the wheels, but now most manufacturers are also RIM own production wheelset, Mavic, Shimano and Campagnolo are probably the best known, check out there web sites for everything new gifts, there are other brands and if you go to your local cycle shop or look in the magazines motorcycle to it. There's plenty to choose form, but are all about.


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