Bike Wheels and the Different Types of Bike Wheels

Riding bicycles are a good form of exercise, plus it helps save the environment too because you will not be creating or generating any pollution. The popularity of bikes today are greatly increasing, what with the rising prices of fuel plus the increasing traffic in the streets, forcing people to look for more practical ways to get from one place to another. In caring for your bike, you have to use right types of bike wheels to make sure that your bike is working properly.

What they are

Before going to the types of bike wheels, you have to understand that a bicycle wheel is different from regular car wheels because they have thinner yet larger tires. They also are self-butted and are lightweight compared to car wheels. Bike wheels can have as much as 48 spokes.
The main parts of bike wheels are:

Hub – this is the centermost part of the bike wheel and consist of the axle, the hub shell, and the bearings. It supports the entire wheel and is usually made from steel or aluminum.

Axle – attached to drops on the frame and contains the nuts and bolts as well as the quick release, which allows you to easily install and remove the wheels if needed.

Bearings – allow the wheel itself to rotate freely


The types of bike wheels are:

Racing bike wheels – made from lightweight and highly aerodynamic materials that allow you to glide and drive swiftly on smooth terrains and different race tracks. They have vast rim depths and are made from aluminum.

Mountain bike wheels – made for mountain bikes and are durable for rough terrains. They have the standard mountain bike rim size of 26 inches and have lower air pressures for greater traction and shock absorption.

BMX wheels – made for BMX bikes, these are wider and shorter than the bike wheels of a mountain bike and allow for greater shock absorption and pressure. These can handle dirt and rough terrain.

Source by Ilse Hagen