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Looking to buy wheelset(8 posts)

Looking to buy wheelsetTriguys Wife
Nov 12, 2003 7:52 AM
I am looking to buy a wheelset for my husband for Christmas. I want to surprise him, so how do I go about it without having to take his bike apart or ask him too much info? I'm not really sure what to get since I don't know much about the sport (besides being a spectator!). Right now he has a road bike (not sure who makes it or what size is it) and he is about 6 foot tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He competes in triathlons a lot. I'm not looking to spend a fortune, my budget caps around $300... Am I being completely unreasonable here? If anyone can help or recommend some good brands, please let me know. Thank you!
re: Looking to buy wheelsetkelmeboyAZ
Nov 12, 2003 8:10 AM
see my post right after yours, those are the wheelsets in your pricerange! We'll see what people say.
Which size...650c or 700cbiknben
Nov 12, 2003 8:23 AM
There are two wheel diameters. While 700c wheels are most common but 650c wheels are often used on Tri bikes. You can check this by looking at the tire size written on the side of the tire. It will say something like 700c x 23c. The first number indicates the wheel diameter, 700c or 650c. The second number is the tire width, which is not important for your purchase.

Is there any chance you could post a picture of the bike? We could very easily dissect the bike from the photo and offer suggestions based on what he currently has.

Lastly, $300 is on the low end of the price range for a new wheelset. With that amount of money, it may be difficult to get something better than what he already has.

You get a "10" for effort from this married guy. We would love to have our wives surprise us with bike stuff. Most of the time we just get grief.
re: Looking to buy wheelsettreebound
Nov 12, 2003 8:37 AM
You'll need to know his wheel size which should be on the side of the tires. Should read something like 700c-23 or 650c-19.

You'll have to know if he uses tubular (sew ups) or clincher tires.

You'll have to know if he's already looking at wheel upgrades or is considering getting a disk wheel for the rear of his bike?

You'll have to know what component group he has on his bike, Shimano (probably) or Campagnolo (possibly) or other (unlikely). And you'll have to know what setup it is (10 speed/cog, 9, 8, 7, or 6) by counting the number of sprockets on the rear wheel. If it's a 5 or 6 or 7 he may be also shopping for a new bike soon. If it's a 7 or 8 he may be just wanting new wheels. If it's a 9 or 10 then you'll probably be better off just getting him a gift certificate to BikeNashbar or someplace and letting him choose.

Here's a thought: if he has a favorite local bicycle shop that he buys most of his gear from then go down there and ask for an empty cardboard wheel box and a gift certificate. Wrap it up with the gift certificate inside. You'll be giving him a wheel while at the same time recognizing that there are enough variables and personal preferences in that it's probably best that he choose exactly what he wants so he doesn't have to be concerned with taking something back if it isn't what he was looking for. For example, you might get him a disk rear wheel, but he may be wanting a tri-spoke front wheel instead based on how he's doing in his grouping and where he thinks he'll see the most benefit from with an upgrade.
Agreed (nm)Chen2
Nov 12, 2003 10:11 AM
Good recommendations nmMShaw
Nov 12, 2003 10:41 AM
OK...Triguys Wife
Nov 12, 2003 10:59 AM
Thank you everyone for your suggestions! It definitely sounds like I am a little out of my league, here... besides what I can actually SEE on the bike I have no clue what all of those other specifications mean. So even though I think gift certificates are impersonal, he's a guy, so he probably won't care as long as he can pick out whatever he wants!

Thanks again, especially to the comment about me being a supportive wife :) I always try to encourage my hubby with his hobbies.

Happy holidays to all!
You're never out of your league if you're willing to learntreebound
Nov 12, 2003 12:48 PM
If you go the wheel box route (provided he has a fair sense of humor) then that will be the personalizing of the gift. Sort of like giving him a "fill in the blank" gift. And don't be upset if he gets something other than a wheel, as there's aero bottles, new tri-suits, wet suits, swim gear, running gear (what condition are his running shoes in anyway, runners and triathletes are always cycling through multiple pairs of shoes), and so forth.

The simple fact that you took the time to do some research and to find a site with a bunch of somewhat understanding cyclists shows us all that your husband is a fortunate man indeed with knowing you as his wife.

May this Christmas be your best one ever.