Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
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1. Broken spokes. The underlying cause is usually uneven spoke tension. If some spokes are significantly looser than others, the loose ones break at the bend. Simply replacing the spoke and retrueing the wheel often doesn't fix it because you still have some spokes that are looser than others. The fix is to use a tensiometer to obtain even tension on all of the spokes and then true the wheel as needed.
I build my own wheels and have never broken a spoke on a wheel that I built.
2. Flat tires. There's a huge difference in tires. Some are much more puncture resistant than others but at the cost of ride quality. Specialized Armadillos are the gold standard relative to puncture resistance but they are so stiff that they ride like cart wheels. All of the tire manufacturers offer tires that might be a little less puncture resistant than Armadillos, but ride a bit better.
I use Continental Gatorbacks on my tandem and retro grouch bike. I carry supplies to fix one flat tire and, so far, that's been sufficient.
Last edited by Retro Grouch; 07-08-08 at 07:37 AM.