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    Question Trainer wheelsets?

    I just bought a magneto trainer and I would like to use slick tires for it too make it quieter. I have a mountain bike with a 8 speed drivetrain. What is the cheapest way to put together a wheelset so that I can keep from changing tires everytime the weather keeps me on the trainer? Any input is appreciated.

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    just find a cheap 8 speed casseette.....the XTs are still available....and any inexpensive wheel, could even be and all alloy wheel.....one of those $30 ones.....slap a tire and tube on it and the cassette and you're off.

    and if the brakes don;t line up right, don't worry, you can usually stop pedaling and the trainer will slow the wheel down soon enough.

    $50 tops for all of that. even a cheap $12 dollar slick will do.

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    Okay Carlos...I posted something about this a few months ago. I was in (and still am in) the same predicament. So you're saying all I need is one wheel, a cassette, and a slick and I am off? I can actually get ONE wheel? I can do this for $50? Am I reading this correctly? Because yes, it is a pain in the ASS to change tires all the time.

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    i must have missed the post.

    anyway, yeah. you can get a shop to order one rear wheel. no brand names, no snappy rims, no black paint.....all silver and it usually weighs as much as a small child.

    ask the shop you frequent to look in their Hans Johnsen, QBP, or any other dist.'s catalog and look for the

    "cheapest, 26", cassette and quick release compatible, rear wheel".

    those are the ticket. they should run no more than $20 to $30...ok, maybe $35 dollars. but no more than that. and that's WITH tax.

    just make ABSOLUTLY sure that you tell them you want one with a quick release compatability (hollow axle...same thing). or else they'll get you one that you'll have to use a socket wrench to bolt (ack!) to your bike.

    then all you need is the tire ($12-$20), the tube ($4) and a roll of rim tape ($2) to cover the holes on the rim. of course, some of this you might already have.

    caskeyjm, DirtFace, they might try to sell something more expensive but just let them know that's it's only for a trainer.

    also, as mentioned before, the brake smight not line up on the taining wheels rim so you might want to just leave the brake open.

    on last bit of technical info.......

    if you don't already have a cassette, you'll need to pick one up. if you have 8 speed, get and 8 speed, if you have 9 speed, get a 9 speed. again, you can get these cheap.

    since the spacing and dimensions on most hubs are different from most other hubs, the shifting might be a little off.

    the caveat is, if you currently have Shimano hubs, and the wheel comes with a Shimano hub (even if that hub retails for $6) you proabably won't get much chain noise or have to fool with a rear derailleur adjustment.

    then again, this is just for a trainer so even if you do get a bit of chain noise or slightly wacked out shifting, just find one gear and stay in it.

    if you're hell bent on having good shifting while on the trainer, it'll require some adjustment. and then you'll need to readjust when you put the other wheel back on.

    again, this may not be the case but i wanted to state these minor technicalities just as a heads up.

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    That's why I love my trainer

    It grabs the rim...No Tire-Changing, Quiet enough to watch TV, and no one yelling at me in the middle of the night at 12/24 Hour races

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