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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 03-23-09, 07:35 AM   #1
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32 Spoke Velocity Deep V's ok for 250lb clyde?

I'm looking at a set of Deep V road wheels and I've heard 36/32 recommended for clydes. Would a 32/32 likely be reliable for me? I'm 250lbs on my way down to about 220lbs soon. These are wheels as ordered from Velocity, not custom built.
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Old 03-23-09, 08:52 AM   #2
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Sheldon brown has said that equal spokes front and back is either a waste of spokes in the front, or not enough spokes in the back. Usual combinations are 32/36, or 28/32.
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In answer to your question, yes, however, take them to the shop and have them retensioned
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I'm 250 and ride long distance on 32 spoke wheels front and back. I've used:

- Alex DA16 with 14g spokes
- DT RR1.1 with 14g spokes
- Mavic Open Pro with 14/15db spokes

and they've all held up admirably on rough roads, chip seal, even mild sections of hardpack trail and country roadway for rides as long as 215 miles. A properly tensioned 32 spoke wheel will hold up just fine for you; but cohophysh is correct in stating that you should bring your wheels to the LBS and have them properly tensioned before riding.
When I bought my Mavic OP, the first thing I did was put it flat on the floor, press the rim and listen to the chorus of pings pangs and spoings as the machine built wheel settled its spokes. I flipped it and did the same, then popped it on my truing stand and went to work on the loose spokes and got it trued and tensioned to my liking.
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Old 03-23-09, 12:43 PM   #5
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About your weight and have over 18,000 miles on a 32 V in the rear and a 28 V up front. But make sure they are proeprly maintained. Maybe a retension after 3 or 400 miles. NOT JUST A TRUE, but retensioned. 2 weeks ago,was the first time in 3 years I've had to touch the wheel with a wrench. Hopefully I'll get anohter 18000 ou tof it since it was only an itty bitty sligh little wee bit out of true!
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if i were you i'd spend a few bucks and have my LBS make sure they are tensioned, if you don't know how to tension them, a few bucks now is better than having to replace warped rims later one. . .
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Just has a set of these rims laced to Shimano Utregra hubs. 28 & 32 spoke (f&r). LBS built the wheels.

Love the rims, love the wheels. My LBS guy is also big and he swears by these too.

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