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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-19-06, 11:20 AM   #1
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Campagnolo Vento's: Too Dinky for a Clyde?

Right now I'm around 250 pounds and dropping but even at my ideal weight with how muscular I am I'll never dip below 220 or maybe 210 at the lowest. I'm looking at getting a new wheelset and the Velocity Deep V was an obvious choice for strength as well as looks. However, in the same price range I can get a pair of Campy Vento's which look much better and are quite a bit lighter.

My worry, however, is that they are too weak (27 spoke in the rear, 24 in the front most places I've seen) for my weight. Is this the case or am I being too conservative in only looking at 32 spoke and above wheels?
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How are the roads? If they're all perfectly smooth that would make a difference vs bumpy.
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How are the roads? If they're all perfectly smooth that would make a difference vs bumpy.
I live in Columbus, OH. The roads are fairly smooth and I don't hop curbs or anything so it's fairly easy going. There's some bricks streets around where I live however they are not numerous and I rarely go on them.
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No experience with the Campys, but I just got a set of Deep V's (28 F&R) and love them. They look way better with the cheesy stickers removed--at least my black ones sure do! As far as weight goes, when us Clyde types weigh by definition at least 10 times more than the bike, how much diff does a few grams really make? I bought mine to replace the Gipiemme T Tre 30's(24 F&R) that came with my bike after breaking 2 spokes on the rear in the space of 9 days and having to true both wheels a couple of times. Ironically, while I was waiting for the Deep V's to show up, the Gipiemmes stopped moving and breaking spokes--go figure. Luckily, my old 80's Summit steel bike has wide enough rear dropouts to accomodate the Gipiemme, so that bike gets to go from 12 speeds with a freewheel to 18 with a cassette. Woo-hoo!
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I run Ventos on my CX bike and bunny hop on 'em all day. Bombproof.
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