Wheels & Tires

Clement Strada LGG Tires

Clement.LGG.Tire.WEBClement’s Strada LGG Road tires earn our highest rating because they offer everything a great road tire should at about half the cost of similar performing rubber. And, at only about 220 grams, with a nice round profile for compliance and a grippy dual-compound tread, the Strada rolls and corners race-fast. I found the acceleration and cornering excellent on wet and dry pavement. The smooth center tread is a harder rubber than the sides for durability and better rolling resistance. When a product is so good and so affordable, it deserves 5 stars.

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Alto A26 Alloy, CC56 Carbon Clincher Wheelsets

AltoVeloA26Clinchers.logo.WEBThe alloy wheels are light enough, strong and reliable, and would be great everyday wheels for a rider not looking for an aero advantage. For me, I’d be happy to use the alloy wheels on any mountain ride. The braking is sharp and assured, leaving me with high confidence when descending. My personal ideal for these carbon wheels is the everyday riding I do in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, on rolling roads where the aero advantage is high. The rims have a noticeable aero effect, and the smoothness of the aero advantage is an impressive feat to pull off.

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Carogna Tubular Tire Gluing Tape and Carogna Remover

CarognaRemover.WEBOne of the main reasons tubular wheels and tires – even with their superior performance – aren’t used by more regular riders is because the tires have to be glued onto the rims. If gluing tires onto wheels sounds crazy to you, you’re not alone. And you can understand why this wheel system has lost popularity. Carogna’s Gluing Tape and Remover are designed to make it much easier for anyone to glue on tubular tires.

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Neugent Cycling A310CW Alloy Wheelset

Neugent Cycling AC310 Wheelset.WEBWith a wide offering of both alloy and carbon wheelsets, Neugent Cycling has wheels to meet anyone's requirements, but the best-bang-for-your-buck model is likely the A310CW aluminum alloy wheelset. With a wide and deep profile, the wheels are both aero and comfortable. Reasonably light at 1,460 grams, they are great for racing but durable enough for everyday use.

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Compass Stampede Pass 700 x 32 Tires

Compass Stampede Pass 700x32 Tire.web Have you noticed how many cyclists have adopted wider tires? Because of their increased air volume, even the pros use 25s and even 28s for rough courses like Paris-Roubaix.  Where racers and recreational riders alike formerly equated narrow tires with speed, we now know, thanks to studies by Jan Heine at Bicycle Quarterly and others, that wider tires mean more comfort, less chance of pinch flats and more cornering grip with no loss of speed.

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November Rail 52 Carbon Clincher Wheels

November Rail 52 Wheels set on ground.web.1Right out of the box, November’s hoops impress with their good looks. They have an understated quality with only a small “Rail 52” decal on each wheel. Included with the wheels are rim strips, skewers and SwissStop Black Prince brake pads. November recommends using only these particular brake pads, which are made specifically for all-carbon wheels. The rims are manufactured to their specification in Taiwan, with wheel building being completed in the U.S.

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Uncle Dick's Bead Slip

Uncle Dicks Bead Slip.web Bicycle tires are much easier to mount than car tires and don't even require tools. But there are tight tire and rim combinations that can make installation more difficult. And if you botch the installation, such as by getting the tube trapped beneath the tire bead or by forgetting to get the beads into the center of the rim, the tire can seem almost impossible to install.

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Stan's Tire Sealant

Stans Tire Sealant Quart.web.1In 2007, I bought a mountain bike with tubeless wheels and tires, which introduced me to something that would ultimately impact all of my riding, including on the road -- Stan's sealant. It worked so well on the thorny trails of Cape Cod with the tubeless MTB tires, I decided to give it a shot on my road tubulars as well.

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Boyd Cycling 60mm Carbon Clincher Wheels

Boyd 60mm Carbon Clinchers.web.1I wanted the test wheels to be clinchers, since it seems to me that tubulars have too much overhead for everyday riding (at least for me!). Beyond that, I wanted to find out if the Boyd wheels could be truly versatile: suitable for a spirited group ride, an easy spin recovery ride, and even handle my commute.

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