I have a wheel-on smart trainer that I’ve used with Zwift and my hybrid bike for a year. I replaced the read tire with a trainer tire a few months ago, which has been going great.
As summer is approaching, I am looking to make it easy for me to take my bike outdoors. I obviously cannot ride on the trainer tire, so I was thinking that one of the simplest (yet cheapest) ways to optimize here is to get a second bike wheel. I would use this “second” wheel indoors, and my original wheel (with original tire rubber) outdoors.
However, I am a complete noob with bikes. I’d like to go second hand on Kijiji or something (no point buying a new wheel, in my opinion, I am an amateur). What are the specifications that I need to get off of my current wheel and look for when buying a new wheel? And how do I make sure the gearing lines up (e.g. I have 7 gears in the back)?
Ideally you can find a used 7 speed wheel but if not make sure the wheel that takes a cassette, not a freewheel. Then you can add in the correct spacers behind the lowest gear on the cassette to make your gears line up.
You could buy a set of cheap carbon aero wheels (50 mm) and use them outside and leave your current wheel as the indoor wheel
Never miss an opportunity to upgrade.
Upgrading wheels is probably better than upgrading a frame.
Sure, there are 2 sides to every coin.
In general, I think people would be happier upgrading their wheels on the outdoor bike and use the old components for their trainer.
Of course budgets and compatibility issues are present.
I did the same thing to a 6 speed steel bike.
I spread the frame to accept my old alloy 9 speed wheel when I upgraded to carbon wheels.
Mine is also on a Kinetic trainer and I thought about getting 2 of the kinetic trainer tires to make it look like a green Tron bike but I have too many retired road tires to use up first.