Where Can I buy some Very Cheap Wheels?

cyclingfury Posts: 676
edited September 2009 in Road buying advice
I want to buy some super cheap wheels for my wife to put on her road bike for winter training. Any ideas? They'll need to be suitable for use with a Shimano chainset.
(I know some of you might think cheap wheels are false economy, but she's just getting into cycling and I use Campag, so I don't want to over invest at this time!)
Titanium Bertoletti


  • Is £80 super cheap?

    Shimano R500 if it is. If not, second hand....
  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    Shimano R500s are excellent wheels.

    I've been abusing them for 2 years commuting, still perfectly true and the brake tracks are still looking good, no issues with the hubs and bearings either - still smooth. Only cost me £45 then too, far better than the Ventos I have IMO.

    So if you can stretch to the R500s you won't be wasting your money.
    I like bikes...

  • mrushton
    mrushton Posts: 5,182
    Can't you get an expensive Campag. set, put one of those Ambrosio cassettes on (Campag hub/Shimano cogs) and if that wheelset happens to get transferred to your bike, well how about that :wink:
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Ebay's your best bet. When my son had the wheels nicked off his bike at uni I got a pair of hardly used mtb wheels complete with tyres, tubes, QR skewers and cassette for £40.

    (And before anyone asks, they weren't the same ones, and I fitted some security skewers)
  • gkerr4
    gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    have you posted in the "for sale / wanted" section - someone close to you might have a set of shimano fit wheels which they would sell.

    I actually have a set of Bonty SSR's and shimano R531s hanging on the garage wall - but I am miles away from you, sorry.
  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    Quest Comos are 80 quid and nice wheels for that money but pretty heavy!


    make good winter trainer wheels though
  • Evil Laugh
    Evil Laugh Posts: 1,412
    Decathlon sell very cheap wheels. I think iirc they had 700c wheels for about £20.
  • hammerite
    hammerite Posts: 3,408
    Whatever you do don't go anywhere near Alex Rims wheels, pile of old plop. I had spokes go left right and centre in a short space of time.
  • MrBlond
    MrBlond Posts: 161
    Blatant plug, but I have some handbuilts in the classifieds...

    Open to offers

  • passout
    passout Posts: 4,425
    I might be tempted to part with my fulcrum racing 7s for a sensible offer....?
    'Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible' Marcel Proust.
  • Many thanks for all your replies. I've had a rethink and have now decided to leave her current wheels (Botrager SSRs) on for the winter and will probably look to upgrade for something much better come next Spring.
    Titanium Bertoletti