With the right wheels, it's a pleasure; with the wrong wheels, it's a pain.

1.Different types of bikes require different types of wheels. For a road bike, skinny light-weight wheels are best. For a mountain bike, fat, rugged wheels are the way to go. Start your search by focusing on the type of wheel that suits your particular style of bike and riding.

2. Choose your wheel size. If you're purchasing wheels for a road bike, the wheel size is pretty standard:700c. However, if you're purchasing wheels for a mountain bike, you'll need to choose between 26-inch wheels (the standard) and 29-inch wheels (bigger, more road bike-like wheels). To decide which is right for you, consider what type of riding you do most. If it's a lot of rugged trail riding, 26-inch wheels are probably best. If it's a combination of road and smooth-trail riding, 29-inch wheels may be a better fit.

3.Choose your spokes. Bicycle spokes give the wheel its strength. Just how much strength depends on the quality of the spokes, how they are mounted into the wheel and how many are present (more spokes equals more strength). Typically, mountain bike wheels will have more spokes to accommodate the rough, off-road riding conditions that they are designed for.

4.Choose your hubs. There are two types of hubs to consider: those with loose ball bearings and those with enclosed cartridge bearings. What's the difference? Price and quality. Hubs with loose ball bearings are the cheapest option, but also the most vulnerable to damage. This is because the balls bearings are fully exposed to the elements and whatever riding conditions you throw their way. Hubs with cartridge bearings, on the other hand, are more expensive, but less likely to be damaged. This is because the bearings are sealed inside a cartridge, away from water and other ride conditions. Before you decide between the two you should also consider ease of maintenance. While hubs with loose ball bearings are more likely to require work, they are also easier to work on.

5 Consider building your own wheels if you can't find what you want. You can purchase all the parts you need to create your ideal set.

Tips & Warnings

1.Extend the life of your wheels by performing regular maintenance inspections.

2.Clean your bike regularly to avoid premature wear and tear of its parts.