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Change wheel or tyre?

Peaky booPeaky boo Posts: 13
edited August 2017 in Commuting chat
Please excuse the complete newbie question, but I read on here about folk changing to thicker tyres for the winter, or temporarily for gravel rides etc. Is it normal to just change the tyre, or do you swap the whole wheel out (which seems like it would be much quicker to do?).


  • lincolndavelincolndave Posts: 9,441
    If you have a spare wheelset it will be quicker to change the wheels, if not change the tyres for winter, they will be on your bike for 4/5 months
  • Cool, thanks.
  • The correct answer is a new bike. Whatever the question.
  • greenamex2greenamex2 Posts: 272
    in order of preference

    a new bike
    a new wheelset...complete with sprocketts/discs/qr's etc
    changeover tyres...keeping a large supply of spare inner tubes and not buying hard to change tyres

    And the first two options have the added benefit of deliberating/agonising over what to buy for hours/days/weeks/months.
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 3,056
    Winter bike for me is an age old xc MTB with studded tyres on old wheels.
    I've also got new wheels for it fully fitted out for on road tyres as my daily spare bike..
    Intent on Cycling Commuting on a budget, but keep on breaking/crashing/finding nice stuff to buy.
    Bike 1 (Broken) - Bike 2(Borked) - Bike 3(broken spokes) - Bike 4( Needs Work) - Bike 5 (in bits) - Bike 6* ...
  • Put yer crappy wheels on for winter
    I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles
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