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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 07-26-08, 11:47 PM   #1
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Hold 'em or Fold?

Just had a rear spoke replaced last week before a ride and asked Specifically for the shop to re tension the spokes for both wheels.
Part way through my ride the rear wheel felt a little "funny", then, on a long climb, it started getting worse and developed a disquieting wobble. I decided to cut my losses, released the rear calipers and took the 40K turn off...limping it in the rest of the way to the finish.
I was so hacked about it (I REALLY wanted that 70K) that I haven't checked it over until this weekend.
The spokes seem to have far less tension in the back than the front, and I halfway suspect that it was only trued and NOT re tensioned as I had requested.
So...do I drop some more money on a bike that is hovering at the edge of being too big for me? (fit is tending toward the French fit...ahem...snug side)
Or Do I do what I can to true the wheel and try to recoup some of my investment on CL?
I like having a roadie...so much faster than the Hardrock for the same effort. I just don't know if it will amount to throwing my cash into the gaping maw of the LBS.
Thanks...mostly just needed to rant.
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Old 07-27-08, 08:09 AM   #2
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I personally would find another wheel person. The LBS I do most of my biz with is a great shop, but I take my wheels elsewhere when I need help with them. The main LBS has just never given me the warm and fuzzy about my wheel issues if you know what I mean.
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Old 07-27-08, 08:59 AM   #3
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Agree, find another wheel dude. Like I've said before, because a guy works at a shop does not mean he knows what he's doing. OR maybe he was having a lazyday. Sometimes the guys just turn parts without paying attention to what is going on. Tightening the spokes without making sure the spokes don't bind can cause more damage than good.
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Thanks guys.
I'll ask around about local wheel guys. Other than that maybe I'll just get a new wheel built.
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