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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 05-20-08, 03:11 PM   #1
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'07 roubaix- wheel trouble

have about 800 miles on my stock rims.. started to really start riding daily/ 2 times a day to get ready for a century july 13th. just have a nice 16 mile loop that gets me home by the lunch bell.

went for a ride today and limped her home. dugg in on a hill climb trying to beat my lunch break and must have tourqued up the rear wheel and warped it.

any one know if these new fangled fancy rims are good for the big guys. ( 245lb on my worst day)
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Old 05-20-08, 03:28 PM   #2
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ANy rim, any count needs to be retensioned after about 200-300 miles. Spokes seat, nipple turn, spokes break in whater happens, the wheel loses tension. Needs to be retensioned or it will allow movement along the hub flanges resulting in broken spokes. Wheel is moving like silly cause not enough tension.

If it's new, take it back to the shop for the free tuneup. Tell them to retension the spokes. If they true it without retensioning, then the mechanic sucks! Needs tension! If he says he retensioned then spokes start to break, then the mechanic still sucks............Means he bound and twisted the spokes.

You don't mention what wheel setup it is. 24 spoke? 32 spoke? Either way, low count spoke wheels don't usually last a big guy but maybe one year, if he rides app. 4,000 a year
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BTW, I'm 245, build my own wheel. Velocity Deep V. 32 spoke and has 14,000 miles no problem after I retentioned it at about 200 miles.
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