Race Wheel Rental FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions.

Rental Questions   Technical Questions  

Rental Questions

1. I would like to save freight costs and pick my wheels up. Where is TLR Race Wheel Rental located?

We are located at Eight Mile Plains on the South Side of Brisbane.
We are easily accessed, conveniently nestled between the South East Freeway and Gateway Motorway near Garden City Shopping Centre.

2. Can I extend my wheel hire?

Assuming the wheels are not booked by another customer you are welcome to extend.
Contact us to discuss reduced rates for additional rental time.

3. Can I have different combinations of wheels?

If you are a small, light person you may feel that a 60mm front wheel is going to cause you problems in windy conditions. TLR Performance stock and sell 50mm, 45mm and 38mm wheels.
You are welcome to contact us to discuss the option of renting wheels in these sizes.

 


Technical Questions:

1. Care for carbon wheels.

Heat is the enemy to carbon wheels so the number one thing you can do to protect the wheels is not overheat the brakes.
Hot brakes and wheel brake track can cause the resin used to make the wheels to soften which then cause the wheel to go out of shape.

TLR wheels come with Swissstop brake pads which are designed to work with the Basalt brake surface on carbon wheels. (Standard brake pads from alloy wheels will overheat carbon wheels so the brake pads should be changed)

Riding tips:
If you need to brake for extended periods using the carbon wheels a good idea is to fluctuate between the front and rear brakes giving each a short time to cool.
Once stopped after some moderate to heavy braking (eg. at traffic lights) release the brakes so the hot brake pads are not stationary against a single part of the carbon wheel.

 

2. Fitting brake pads

Changing over brake pads seems as though it might be hard however it is usually quite easy since it is only the pad that is changed on most bikes, not the entire mount, this means no adjustment should be necessary. Steps for brake replacement are as follows:

The brake pads are able to be replaced without removing the mount from the brake arm.
This is done by loosening the smaller grub screw to slide the brake pad out of the holder.
 

Loosen the grub screw on the brake enough to slide out the brake pad.

When I replace my brake pads I like to return them to the same position so I put the front L&R pad in a separate plastic bag to the rears.

 
Insert the new brake pad and re-tighten the screw.
(Pads are marked Left and Right so select the correct one)
 
Note: Brake pads should strike the wheel approximately 5mm from the outside of the rim and not below the basalt brake track.  
     

 

3. Fitting valve extenders

There two types of valve extenders available and therefore two ways to fit them.
One method requires fitting the extender over the valve while the second requires removal of the valve and insertion of the extender between valve and tube. In our experience method 2 has less problems so is our preferred option

Method 1.
This is a good YouTube instructional video on fitting Valve Extensions produced by Zipp

Summary of the steps:
1.Unscrew your tube valve locknut as far as possible, and tighten in the fully open position. Possibly a drop of super glue to stop it vibrating closed.

2.Wrap some Teflon plumber’s tape around the end of the valve completing 2-3 turns. Be sure not to cover the air opening at the end of the valve. This provides an air seal between the valve and extension.

3.Screw the valve extension onto the end of the valve and tighten, using the tool supplied or a 3mm Allen key inserted into the end of the extension.

Air can be released from the tyre by inserting a piece of wire (a section of spoke works well or a wooden skewer) into the end of the extension to depress the valve nut.

Method 2.

   
Step 1.
Requirements for the job: tube, extender kit & plumbers tape. (plumbers tape not "needed" but is an optional extra stop leak step)
  Step 2.
Using the supplied tool, remove the valve from the top of the original stem.
  Step 3.
Disassembled parts.
         
   
Step 4.
Prepare extension and valve for replacement by winding 2-3 turns of plumbers tape in an anti-clockwise direction.
  Step 5.
Insert and tighten the extender and the original valve with the supplied tool. Make sure the plumbers tape is not too low on the valve to interfere with the air opening.
  Step 6.
Finished product.

 

4. Tyre pressures

Maz pressure 120 psi. Recommend reducing by 10psi for rough road surfaces and 10psi for wet conditions.
Additional tyre pressure details can be found in the main TLR FAQ's