General Cycling Discussion - wheels and weight
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05-18-12, 03:50 PM
I have a vuelta zerolite wheelset deep v rim 24 blade spoke with shimano hubs rear is a cassette. I am currently 250 lbs and going down, I wanted to know if the wheels are strong enough to withstand my weight. I have been riding on them for 2 weeks and the wheels are true and no loose spokes. I currently have them on my 1987 schwinn supersport, so this bike adds some weight as well to the wheels. I estimate the bikes total weight is approaching 30 lbs. I just need some advice please thanks
05-18-12, 05:15 PM
You'll probably be fine. Keep an eye on how true they stay, and every once in a while, look closely for cracks where the spokes meet the rim.
But, like I said, you should be alright. I had fewer spokes when I was almost that heavy. Over in the Clydesdale/Athena subforum, you'll find out what people ride when they're over 400 pounds. :thumb:
05-18-12, 06:34 PM
Last time I tried low spoke count wheels was about five years ago, and I hear they're stronger now, but at 240 pounds I had constant trouble. Mine were built by an experienced and respected mechanic (and he made good on his guarantee, eventually lacing a set of 32s for me at no charge when the 24s crumpled), and I've been riding a long time--I don't crash curbs or get air anymore. Still, they were way more trouble than they were worth. I've been riding 32-spoke Velocity Deep V's (I think--too lazy to go look) for two years and haven't touched them.
05-18-12, 07:50 PM
Obviously not a great choice, but since you have them.... Check for even tension by tapping each driveside rear spoke with the plastic handle of a screwdriver. Tighten any that seem looser than average. Check this periodically.
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