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Alternate Rear Wheel(6 posts)

Alternate Rear Wheellotterypick
Sep 29, 2003 9:25 AM
Does anyone run an alternate rear wheel or just change tires.

I've got the Dura Ace Wheels and my commute is sometimes just rough. I'm running a anti punture tire, that's heavy because my Axial Pro just got flats all the time.

I'm wondering if I should run the heavy tire on a open pro rear wheel and have the Shimano wheel for group rides with a more grippy and lighter tire.

I've got rollers too so I'd use the open pro for that also.

Please let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for the light tire I'd appreciate it. Meaning, Pro races, 3000's. THanks.
It's not uncommon to has spare wheelsets...biknben
Sep 29, 2003 9:40 AM
I commute and train on a wheelset with 25c tires. I have a different set that comes out on race day with more appropriate tires.

(1) DA/Open Pro w/ Conti 4-season 25c tires
(2) AC-350's w/ Conti Force/Attack tires

In many cases, people just accumulate wheelsets over time. The old ones become the training/beater set.
"have"....not "has"...I hate when I do that (nm)biknben
Sep 29, 2003 9:41 AM
re: Alternate Rear Wheelstinkyhelmet
Sep 29, 2003 9:41 AM
Use the "expensive" race wheels for that, racing. Use a training wheel for that, training. I see plenty of people that train on boutique wheels, but I am too cheap to risk race wheels for that. Ultegra hubs laced 3x to any 32 hole rim is perfect for training.
Use Alternate Rear Wheelbimini
Sep 29, 2003 10:25 AM
I have two wheel sets (and a third beater set for bad weather).

(1) Campy Shamals with Vredestein Tri Comps
(2) Open Pro with Vredestein Tri Comps & Campy Chorus Hubs.
(3) Old Mavic Reflex with worn out Campy Hubs & Conti Sport 1000 tires.

The Shamals are strictly race and TT wheels. I may be going to a smaller 20-21 cm tire such as Conti Supersonic.

The Open Pros I use all the time

The old Reflexes are for when the roads are wet or icy. The dirt & sand is tough on hubs and tires.

I like the Vreds. Good feel, better wear than Conti GP3000, & they look nice in red with my red anodized OP rims and red & silver paint job on the bike.

I may switch to a smaller higher pressure TT specific tire on the Shamals for Timetrials. Some folks on the board believe that you need a 21 cm or less tire on an aero wheel to get the full aero benefit of the Shamals so I will be giving that a try.

The reflex are now junk (they use to be my training wheels) & I put them on the bike to keep the sand and dirt out of the hubs of the good wheels.
re: Alternate Rear WheelSteve Bailey
Sep 30, 2003 11:44 AM
Well, lets see.....

I have the Miyata tourer bike that I commute on when I'm carrying a load - it has Avocet Cross K tires - 700/28 on Bontrager Fairlane touring rims,

Or I sometimes use the Heron Road bike, like today when I ride home this afternon and ride back in tommorrow (leaving change of clothes at work - fast riding - no loads), it has a solid MA-3, 36 spoke in the rear, Reflex clincher, 32 hole in the front with Panaracer/Rivendell Ruffy-Tuffies 700/27's, but sometimes I use the alternative wheels - Open Pro CD, 36 hole, Ultegra hub R, with a vintage MA40, 32 hole, Sante hub - front with some lighter tires

And for fast rides I'm on the Lemond Ti with either OpenPro/32hole/Ultegra with Conti Grand Prix's or a set of Rolf Vector Comps with Forteza's....

In other words, I've found it useful to have multiple BIKES to go along with the multiple wheelsets and multple tire sets......


Steve B.