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Spare Wheelslexington476
Oct 16, 2003 12:51 PM
How much should I spend on a second set of wheels and tires for racing? Just get a cheap spare set or something else?
Spend as much as you want.Kerry Irons
Oct 16, 2003 5:23 PM
However, you can get very serviceable and good performing wheels for around $220-300 depending on hub/rim choice. Excel and Colorado Cyclist both build good wheels in this price range. These wheels will weigh about what the boutique wheels do, are just as durable and stiff, roll just as well, can be more easily (and cheaply) maintained, and really don't give up anything to their higher priced competition. Of course they're not nearly as cool, but you have to decide how much to pay for cool.
At least, keep them in the same family...Spunout
Oct 17, 2003 4:32 AM
I regret not making the choice to have the same brand of rims on my wheels. Brake pad placement and spacing is just a bit off for everything.

FYI, I have Mavic and Fir rims. Make sure you take all of your wheels to a single wheelbuilder and have him make sure the dish is accurate for all. No fun getting a wheel change only to find that you have a brake rubbing.
I hear ya.No_sprint
Oct 21, 2003 7:46 AM
I've got three sets. All are different. I've at least mounted computers on the different bikes in the same place so that I just need to turn the sensors in or out.
re: Spare WheelsMShaw
Oct 17, 2003 10:01 AM
Why not go the other way and spend a little more on some lightweight aero wheels and use the wheels you're riding now as backups? Since Aero trumps light at speeds over 20mph, its a better choice for crits, road races, and circuit races. Don't believe me? Go check out and look for the wheel section.

I've been riding some Ritchey Pro wheels in crits. Light enough to be quick accelerating, cheap enough that if I crash I'm not out a grand.

I have a pair of Cosmics that I ride on longer, straighter races where there aren't as many accelerations and where top speeds are key.

If I had my 'druthers I'd be racing 404s, but I haven't wanted to afford a $1000 wheelset for crits yet... (track's another story...) Anyone want to sponsor a fat, out of shape, 35 year old?