New wheel fitted by LBS - now it feels like I'm riding through treacle.

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Welsh wheels, 23 Feb 2018.

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  1. Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    Rear wheel was worn so paid too much money for a new wheel including labour at my LBS. New wheel was a bottom end of the market Shimano wheel (about 70 quid), but still supposedly better than the old alex rims wheel. Since then, it has felt much harder work cycling. My average has gone down and I'm getting more out of breath. On my eight mile commute I used to hardly sweat, but now I'm needing a change of clothes after I get home. I've put the bike on the stand and the wheel runs fine and doesn't stop for a while if you give the pedals a good turn. The rear brakes aren't rubbing nor do they get stuck on. I don't know what's going on and it's doing my head in. Part of me thinks it could be in my head, but cycling definitely feels a lot harder so I reckon something's not right. Suggestions? Ta muchly.
     
  2. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    Location:
    Crawley
    Off the top of my head list of things:

    What's the tyre on the new one? Same as the old?
    How far can you freewheel on the new one, as opposed to how well does the wheel spin when on the stand?
    Rim or disc brakes?
    Does the front wheel also spin freely when the bike is in the stand? (the shop might have banjaxed that when they had it in for fitting the rear.)
     
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  3. OP
    OP
    Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    Same as the old - Kenda Kriterium 25c
    Will have to try that on the next ride.
    Rim brakes
    No issues there as far as I can tell.
     
  4. lazybloke

    lazybloke Über Member

    Location:
    Surrey Hills
    Any chest infection symptoms?
    I had an atypical pneumonia a few years back - which troubled me for months.


    If you're feeling fit and healthy, then it's time to take a close look at both wheels to ensure they're turning freely with no rub (brakes on rims/discs or tyres on frame). Yes, these issues should be obvious, but I've written here before about soldiering on for 2-3 miles with a rear tyre rubbing hard against a chainstay. I couldn't begin to understand why my speed and strength had suddenly deserted me!

    Does the new wheel have the same casssette/gear ratios as previously? And does the chain move freely?
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    No, feeling fit and healthy. The shop just put the cassette from the old wheel so should be fine I would have thought.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    Just checked again. Definitely not touching the frame or the chainstay or anything.
     
  7. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    Location:
    South Wales
    Tyre pressures ok?
     
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  8. mcshroom

    mcshroom Bionic Subsonic

    Location:
    Egremont, Cumbria
    Have you taken the wheel out and refitted it? Sometimes I manage to get mine a bit skewed and then they drag on the brake. Actually mentioning brake, are the brakes still aligned correctly?
     
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  9. cyberknight

    cyberknight Bullied off cc

    Are the bearing cups so tight they are stopping it rotating freely ?
     
  10. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    You say the wheel doesn't stop for a while after spinning it....have you got the old wheel to fit and see if it ran for a good deal longer ?


    I say this because when I got my Fulcrums...i was immensey disappointed with exactly your sensation, like riding through treacle. New wheels and it felt like I'd gone backwards.
    Perhaps they'll free up with some miles. Fresh grease, all new hubs vs well used and free running hubs.
    Cup n cone or cartridge bearings ?
     
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  11. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    I wouldn't want to be the one who gave any encouragement to that little ache within you that is suggesting you get a new bike:whistle:.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    A touch overinflated if anything
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    That sounds like my experience
     
  14. OP
    OP
    Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    Seems most likely. Hopefully they'll free up over time or I may check them
     
  15. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    If the wheels spin under the weight of the valve when it is in the ten or two o'clock position there is nothing wrong with them. Try that.
     
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