The Wheel Deal

PlayPH lists down five fundamental things to keep in mind when designing a cycling plan.

There are a number of different types of bicycles for different uses – it could be for commuting, racing, climbing and many others – so it is important to choose the right gear depending on what kind of ride you have and what kind of rider you are. Bicycles may differ in types but there is one important necessity all bicycles share in common; they all need good wheels that will effectively satisfy the specific needs of the rider.

Easily the biggest improvement you can make to your bicycle comes from purchasing a set of high-quality wheels. That is why it is important for you to know all the factors that will affect your rides; why your wheels need to be lighter or why you need a higher spoke count on your tires.

Here’s a guide to help you determine what type of wheels will help improve your riding experience.

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ROAD BIKES

These bikes are designed to be ridden fast on smooth roads. It’s wheels are lightweight and thin with good aerodynamics built for the level of acceleration necessary for your riding needs.

Also known as racer bikes, these set of wheels will take you as far and as fast as you want. To be able to achieve a good level of speed, a road bike is built with lighter wheels because they to tend lessen you overall bike weight which helps you ride smoother and faster. For racer bicycles, stronger wheels aren’t really necessary, but a lighter wheel is a must.

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CITY BIKES

City bikes are designed for paved roads. It’s built with fenders that protect the rider from splashes on wet roads and chain guards that protect legs or pants from getting stains during the ride. When it comes to the wheel deal, City bikes have stronger wheels, which are perfect for cyclists that need to carry more load and need wheels that can offer high milage for moving around the city.

To determine the strength of the wheel tire, remember: The higher the spoke count, the stronger the they are.

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FOLDING BIKES 

Another bicycle perfect for city use is the “foldie.” This bicycle is best for commuters who usually take more than one mode of transportation because it is very compact and can easily be folded to fit into tight spaces. Storage is also no problem for folding bikes, it’s saves space and is also convenient because you can put it anywhere you have easy access at. However, on the wheel side of things, foldies can be trickier to handle and a little less efficient than standard sized bicycles due to its smaller wheels.

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FIXED-GEAR BIKE

Popularly known as “fixie,” this one-geared bicycle has been around since the early years of cycling. Back then, a fixie was the standard design for track races because of its no-freewheel mechanism, which means that as long as you keep peddling, the wheels won’t stop turning, but if you do stop, the wheels will also stop, unlike standard bikes, with fixies riders cannot coast, unless they have a flip-flop hub.

Now, the fixie have made a comeback not as a racing bike but another good ride choice for commuters because of it’s simple mechanism and easy maintainance. Fixies are road bikes that are lighter and easier to lift, carry, and handle. Same with standard road bikes, fixies use lighter wheels for faster rides.

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TIME TRIAL BIKE

Also known as a Triathlon Bike, this road bike’s aerodynamic design, with handlebars that allow the rider to crouch forward, help triathletes minimize wind resistance when racing. With it’s light frame and lighter wheels, it gives the rider a good level of acceleration perfect for cycling competitions.

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TOURING BIKE

This workhorse bike is a road bike especially used for long distance rides or “bikepacking.” It’s durable and can handle heavy loads that are perfect for utility commuters. With its overall design, the touring bike’s built provides comfort for riders who ride long distances for a number of days straight. Similar to city bikes, the touring bike also uses stronger wheels for better miles.

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MOUNTAIN BIKES

These bicycles are off-road trails bikes that are sometimes perceived as a choice when looking for good commuter bikes. Mountain bikes, however, have heavier frames which makes them less efficient when used for the purposes of touring or commuting. The wheels on mountain bikes have large treads and are generally thicker which gives them extra traction.

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