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Old 11-11-2008, 12:27 AM   #1
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I was putting on rim tape today and noticed there were these little tablets attached to the rims. "1/4 oz 7 cm"

I google'd it up and found out they were wheel weights. But there are different amounts of them on each rim and on each side.

Right rear has 4, Left rear has 3, Right front has 1, and left front has the sticky adhesive of 1 weight (not sure if it fell off or was ripped off)

I'd like to know more about the function of these wheel weights. And, I should just leave them on there, and not take them off?
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:28 AM   #2
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is this a joke? i hope so
give him a break. He's a noob and didn't understand what wheel weights are for.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:32 AM   #4
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I was putting on rim tape today and noticed there were these little tablets attached to the rims. "1/4 oz 7 cm"

I google'd it up and found out they were wheel weights. But there are different amounts of them on each rim and on each side.

Right rear has 4, Left rear has 3, Right front has 1, and left front has the sticky adhesive of 1 weight (not sure if it fell off or was ripped off)

I'd like to know more about the function of these wheel weights. And, I should just leave them on there, and not take them off?

It's there to balance the wheels in case you are serious about not knowing what they are there for.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:32 AM   #5
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If you are new to bikes: They are balance weights - leave them on.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:35 AM   #6
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give him a break. He's a noob and didn't understand what wheel weights are for.
apparently he knows what rim tape is for
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apparently he knows what rim tape is for
pardon me but what are they for, rim tape?
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Yes I'm new to bikes (hence post counts and experience) and I've never seen or heard about wheel weights until now. I decided to put on (reflective) rim tape so other drivers can see the bike easier.

I didn't make myself clear, I meant to ask why there were different amounts on each side. But now I can assume there's different amounts to balance the wheels and bike. Thanks to everyone who answered my questions
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Who put those weights on your wheels??? They put them on to slow you down, thats just wrong
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jesus, just imagine what other things are wrong with this guy's bike if he has no idea what wheel weights are. being new to bikes is no excuse, they're used on cars as well. i'm a firm believer that you should at least have BASIC knowledge of how your motorcycle/vehicle works if you are going to be operating it. especially since on a motorcycle a minor failure of a part can cause death. i think it's safe to assume with no mechanical knowledge at all about your bike you aren't doing you're weekly/daily inspections on it. chain condition/tension, tire pressure, oil levels, etc etc etc.

fkn a! did you really have to google wheel weights?!?! I'm flabergasted.
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if you just have tape and no wheel weight then you probably should have them rebalanced. at certan speeds the imbalance of the wheel can cause vibrations in the chassis and upset the bike. or just feel unfomfortable. i know a horribly unbalanced wheel on a car feels like a flat tire i can only inagine on a bike...
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if you just have tape and no wheel weight then you probably should have them rebalanced. at certan speeds the imbalance of the wheel can cause vibrations in the chassis and upset the bike. or just feel unfomfortable. i know a horribly unbalanced wheel on a car feels like a flat tire i can only inagine on a bike...
Coming from someone that balances 1000's of wheels a year, I can tell you that the weight of the rim tape is not going to through the balance of your wheels off that much.

I would though, consider taking your bike into a good shop, like Motorcycles Unlimited and let them look the bike over. You may be surprised at how much things wear out.
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Coming from someone that balances 1000's of wheels a year, I can tell you that the weight of the rim tape is not going to through the balance of your wheels off that much.

I would though, consider taking your bike into a good shop, like Motorcycles Unlimited and let them look the bike over. You may be surprised at how much things wear out.
oh i wasnt refering to the tape. i believe he said there was a piece of tape on one side of his wheel where it looked light a weight had fallen off. Or maybe the guy that balanced it b4 was too lazy to scrape off the old tape
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I would though, consider taking your bike into a good shop, like Motorcycles Unlimited and let them look the bike over. You may be surprised at how much things wear out.
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I learned about TCLOCS in my MSF class, but I don't remember discussing wheel weights. I'm taking my bike to Motorcycles Unlimited this weekend to get frame sliders installed; I'll ask them to check out the bike. (A member here mentioned Patrick holds basic maintenance class monthly? I'll ask about that when I'm there)

I think my neighbor across the street took a maintenance class. He's been really helpful with everything. I'll ask him to show me the basics
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