Peanut butter and jelly — the perfect combination of an American classic sandwich. Without the perfect ratio and balance of each delicious ingredient can turn this sandwich sour. This ideal of having the perfect combination of ingredients is not only just essential for food but in this case, bicycles.
When purchasing a bike whether it be for a triathlon, casual strolls through the park, or even teaching your young one how to ride, do you really pay attention to the importance of what is keeping your wheels together? There are a great variety of bike rims, from mountain rims, track rims, street rims, and touring rims, to polo rims and such. What you chose to purchase is based upon your activity.
According to WheelWord.com, there are four reasons why your wheels matter:
- The riding quality. If you are riding in a cross-country setting you wouldn’t want to get the same rim as someone who is using a bicycle merely for casual rides. It will tear and wear down faster than you can say BIKE RIMS!
- The bike rims you buy will affect the pedaling. Say if you were someone (crazy someone) who rides their bicycle uphills and mountains on a daily basis, you would want the weight on the outside to be less because it would take less effort to peddle. It will help with the ease of peddling and make your cycling comfortable.
- Reliability. Personally, I feel as though this is the most important. Let’s look at it like this, say you own a company and you just hired someone who seemed to be qualified for the job. The first week goes great, they were punctual and completed their tasks on time. Well, as time progresses that worker beings to show up late everyday, doesn’t complete tasks, takes a two hour lunch break and starts being rude to other employees. Now, if I were owning that company, after a week or so of dealing with the employee’s behavior I would give him/her the boot! You will have wasted money on the employee. Just like if you were to get an unreliable bike rims, it will be a waste of your money and you will be stuck finding a better option. Leaving you bike-less and most likely feeling like that unemployed worker.
- Functionality. This is similar to the reliability aspect but with a more personal touch. Your wheels should be functioning the way you would like. This could be anywhere from the activity to the color. It is essentially bringing the first three points all together. Today, there are a wide range of customs where you could find the exact size, shape and price range that you are looking for.
Now that you understand how important the wheel of a bicycle is you can understand the importance of the bike rims. One thing you need to focus on when purchasing a rim is the material. Today, the most popular bike rims are made from aluminum making the rim light-weight and durable. And, if you want to get even more fancy, CARBON RIMS! They can be molded into any shape, take off even more weight than aluminum and pair well with…what do you know full carbon bicycles.
According to Madfiber.com, bike rims has revolutionized itself. Bike rims are now more “aerodynamically slick” and more advanced as ever. Their products also feature a new custom graphics program, making it more one-of-a kind kinda bicycle! And although they go for a pricey $2,999.00, you can be assured that this type of rim will provide the perfect quality reliability and functionality.
At the end of the day you have to ask yourself, do you want the cheap $2.00 peanut butter and jelly sandwich that will be scarfed down in no more than a minute. OR, do you want to spend your money on quality made bike rims that will last a lifetime?