Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Toronto (again) Ontario, Canada
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Originally Posted by bigfred
No problems mate. I think you got the point, loud and clear. I get the fealing that the whole discussion about wheel requirements is one of those situations where people end up arguing toward the same ends. We're all in agreement that there are many things to consider in the correct choice for a rider. Possibly, too many to cover on an internet forum(I intentionally left out my maintenance and life expectancy considerations). See my suggestion above about you and Bully or others, authoring a "Clyde Wheels" article. It seems to come up a lot.
What becomes an issue, for me at least, is the concept that once one pass the 91kg mark, that the only possible wheel option is a 36 spoke wheel, so new to the idea of riding folks, who are clydes get this idea that if they want a bicycle, they have to immediately spend another $500 on a set of bomb proof wheels. Not because they really need them, but because they are above the magic number. Lots of riders below 91kg break spokes too.
My final statement on wheels for Clydes, if your bike comes with a lower spoke count wheel, make sure the wheels are properly trued and tensioned, the heavier the load and the fewer the spokes the more critical this is. If you get a new bike, the wheels need to be tensioned and trued as part of the setup. They need to be tensioned and trued before you reach the 500km mark, everything else needs to be checked as well. If you still have trouble with a wheel, then you need a higher spoke count wheel.
Ride technique has a lot to do with it, unloading the sadde by lifting your butt off the saddle on broken road surfaces. Going around pot holes, maintenance covers, drains, etc or unloading the saddle when you can't can mean the difference between needing a heavier duty wheel and not.
Bikes used for off road and touring should come with heavier duty wheels from the start, whether the rider weighs 90kg or 180kg.