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Wheelset FAQ??? What makes wheels to choose?(12 posts)

Wheelset FAQ??? What makes wheels to choose?mtnhigh
Jul 17, 2001 2:59 PM
WHere could one get information on what the different components (properties) of wheels mean? (i.e. strength of rims, number of spokes, different materials, what's aero and why...) I want to pick out some new wheeels and don't know where to start... thanks
Sheldon BrownDog
Jul 17, 2001 3:35 PM
Read everything here. Doubt you'll have more questions. This guy is a guru of cycling knowledge.

still looking...mtnhigh
Jul 17, 2001 5:51 PM
I checked out that website and it had an incredible amount of great info on bikes but unless i completely missed it there were no articles specifically about wheels like i'm after (there were articles on hubs, tires, but not that explained how wheels work, whats aero and whats not, why some wheels have more or less spokes than others, et...) any more links?
some more infoDog
Jul 18, 2001 5:32 AM
Check this site out for some objective data; click the Wheels Performance links on the right:

try this onePeter E
Jul 17, 2001 7:08 PM
This site seem to have a lot of information about wheels:
Jul 18, 2001 6:14 AM
I'd take that site with a very large pinch of salt; the 'why wheels fail' page reads like a litany of misunderstandings. Whoever wrote it obviously read "The Bicycle Wheel", but failed to understand it- or, at least, to rephrase it readably. To anybody that's still interested, 'The Bicycle Wheel' is still the best resource for understanding how wheels work.
Jul 18, 2001 1:13 PM
Could you elaborate on where to find the "bicycle wheel" info? thanks!
yep, sort ofJofa
Jul 18, 2001 4:20 PM
Most Bike shops used to have it in stock, though I don't see it so often these days. It's published by Avocet Press (yeah, I know: not exactly DK), so info should be at, I think, Most modern wheelbuilding info is derived from this book, as it was the first time anybody had conducted controlled and impartial experiments to determine exactly how wheels do their job: a lot of old saws and maxims about wheels were exposed as erroneous by it. I think it's a fascinating and elegantly written text, which not only illuminated at least my non-engineer's mind about complex pre-stressed dynamic structures, but communicates Jobst Brandt's evident delight in the surprises that an apparently simple device like a spoked wheel can produce.

Didn't mean this to turn into a book review... anyway, try avocet, or ask your lbs to order one; get them to order one for their wheelbuilder too while you're at it- it's surprising how many wrenches I've met who said disdainfully they'd never looked at it just before telling me something like "tighter spokes make a stiffer wheel".
What the FAQ?!dummy
Jul 18, 2001 1:28 PM
what is "FAQ"?
That's a FAQ!Dog
Jul 18, 2001 2:44 PM
Frequently Asked Question
re: Wheelset FAQ??? What makes wheels to choose?Skip
Jul 18, 2001 3:01 PM
Get Jobst's book on the wheel. Should answer all Q's you have. Much better than the other book mentioned on wheel building.
re: Wheelset FAQ??? What makes wheels to choose?Skip
Jul 18, 2001 3:02 PM
Jobst Brandt. Sorry.