Can u Turn a Pair of dirt bike wheels into bicycle wheels?

Is it Possible to change a pair of dirt bike wheels from dirtbike to bicycle wheels so as to make it support more weight (lbs.), namely mine.

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ac-dc7 years ago
If you feel buying new higher-strength bicycle wheels is not enough, you are going to have to assume the rest of the bicycle also cannot handle the weight including forks, seat, frame, bearings.

IMO, you should just buy a high quality steel framed mountain bike, ride it and THEN see if it holds up, because at that point you can just pay for the parts that need replacing when deciding what to upgrade... or you can of course do that with an existing bike you own, did you find that your wheels were damaged?   If so, I suspect more than anything it was just hitting an obstacle or they were below average quality wheels to begin with.
macmccune8 years ago
the dirt bike tires would be abnormally heavy, and too hard to pedal. just go to wal mart and buy a new one fatty
callmeshane8 years ago

OK by "Dirt Bike" I assume you mean a motorbike for dirt riding.... OR it could mean a dirt "bicycle" on a road bike.

Yes you can do anything.....

But the issues I see are:

a) The motorcycle / dirt bicycle rims are wider and won't fit the frame - frame mods are in order = HUGE pain in arse and costly in terms of time, effort and outcome.

b) The tyres... on a dirt bicycle - the tyres are way bigger but low profile road slicks can some times be shoe horned in.

I am assuming that you may have CHEAP pox rims.... (read soft and constantly going out of true)

c) Probably the best way to deal with this is to get some of the double walled and slightly expensive rims - I think I have a Marvic.... on the rear.

(go with what the tandem touring bike builders use - up to a point)

d) Use heavier "standard" spokes in them; by heavier standard spokes I mean spokes with a much thicker stem diameter, that are about 2X as strong as a regular spoke, and don't require drilling of the rim or hub to fit them.

(a circles cross sectional area of spoke is that a doubling of the diameter = 4 X the cross sectional area - so a jump from 1mm to 1.5mm increase in diameter = 2 x the load carrying capacity = a jump from 1mm to 1.25mm increase in diameter = 1 and ONE half increase in load carrying capacity )

e) And IF your really fat or weigh 300lbs... possibly go the change up from a 32 hole hub and rim, to a 36 or 40 hole hub and rim... and the very heavy duty spokes...

f) May be issues of lacing - a 4 cross over pattern is better - but is hard with thick spokes and high hole count hubs....

I weigh 220lbs... and I am tall etc... and a bit fat; and average CHEAP hubs, rims and spokes - not only are they crap, because the average bike is made for some one who rides nice smooth roads and they weigh 140lbs... but they are occasionally approaching death trap status - because of the build quality.

But a few intermediate upgrades in a hub, axle, spokes and a decent TOUGH double walled rim, will handle pretty much everything with the highest reliability and the minimum of work.

There are some VERY strong one piece cassette hubs, that have proper sealed ball bearing units in them, with the bearings located very close to the chain stays etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandem_bicycle#Wheels

These have good articles and links.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tandem/index.html

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tandfat.html
ANDY!8 years ago
if you want, take the old wheel off, take the front spokes and pull them apart till the dirt bike wheel fits, same with the back. Putting a chain it would be a problem. ust getting a new bike would be eaisier
lemonie8 years ago
Change the tyres? L
CrawdadMan8 years ago
Your better off just forking up a bit more money and getting some more sturdy rims. Dirtbike wheels are much wider so you would have to get new forks and change up your gears. It wouldnt be a smooth ride in the end anyways. you would have to work more than twice as hard to turn those wheels. Go to a bike store near you and ask about stronger rims. It will be much cheaper and you will get a better result.