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Benefits of getting a set of training wheels?(5 posts)

Benefits of getting a set of training wheels?innergel
Nov 5, 2003 10:02 AM
With all this "what wheels should I get" talk lately, it's got me thinking about the benefits of having a second set of training wheels.

I am 6'5" and 220lbs. I currently ride a set of 2 year old Rolf Vector Pro's and have never had problem #1 with them. They have approximately 6000 miles on them.

I have been tossing around the idea of training wheels, mostly for trainer/rollers workouts this winter, but I am having a hard time figuring out the cost/benefit of this. I realize that my Rolf's are good wheels, but how much beating do they actually take on the trainer/rollers? My winter regimine (sp?) consists of mostly 1 hour sessions of all types.

I'm not asking for wheel suggestions, just what the perceived pros/cons are to having an additional set. More comfortable, longevity of both sets, etc.

Any insight is appreciated.
uh, you won't fall over?DougSloan
Nov 5, 2003 10:21 AM
Just kidding.

Benefits:

1. less wear and tear on your less stout, more expensive good wheels

2. run heavier tougher tires on the training wheels, getting fewer flats on the road and lasting longer on the trainer/rollers; better than changing tires for events (heavier, thicker tires really do get fewer flats)

3. in training, having that last increment of speed from faster wheels isn't that important

4. winter usually involves more wetness and road grit, which can impregnate your brake pads and more rapidly wear your rims

5. if you race, having a backup set of spare wheels can often be a good thing

6. I've never really bought into this concept, but some people claim it feels great to move from heavier training wheels/tires to racing equipment for big events; ymmv

Doug
More the merrier....lyleseven
Nov 5, 2003 6:58 PM
If you can afford them, get another set. You could also wait awhile until your only set gets more wear and then replace them with a new set, using the current set as your training wheels. Different wheels can give a bike a very different ride experience. As noted above, using heavier training wheels and then switching to a faster set will give you a sense of exhilaration when the fast set is used. I have as many as three sets of wheels I can use on my main bike. Make sure you have your derailleur set up so that shifting doesn't become an issue on different wheels.
it's a good ideaDaveG
Nov 7, 2003 4:32 PM
I always like to have a spare set of wheels. First, bad things can happen to your good wheels. The backups can fill in when the good wheels are getting fixed, trued, or replaced. Second, backup wheels can be used for bad weather, set up with heavier tires, or set up with a bigger cassette for hills.
it's a good idealyleseven
Nov 8, 2003 1:03 PM
And, I like to have a backup set for my backup wheels...just in case!! Besides, its a great excuse to buy more and different wheels!