'roid monkey wannabe
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Bikes: I have a custom 2006 Zinn magnesium frame road bike set up for triathlon and a big semi-custom touring bike, the frame of which is a 1983 Apollo Prestige XL.
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New Clyde with wheel question
Oi, so I am a proud new member of the Clydesdale club and I'm skinny but I still weigh lots so W/E to the haters.
Anyways I wonder if you guys think I'll have problems with my current touring bike wheelset. It's got a 36 spoke front wheel on Velocity hubs Dyad 700c rims and DT 2mm straight gauge spokes ditto for the rear but with 40 holes. I weigh 205 now but have been gaining about 5-7 lbs a week for several weeks now (through weight training and eating like a horse). I don't want to stop weight training until I reach at least 260lbs though and may shoot for 300 (I'm 6'8" so that doesn't translate into the figure you are probably thinking) anyways, help out a newbie, will my wheels taco when I get to that weight and decide to head out the door with some panniers and camping gear?
I'll probably eventually go for a custom built frame with 48 spoke rears (26") on Phil Wood touring hubs and 2mm DT straight gauge spokes (and probably a 40 hole front on a PW hub) but for now I want to know what to expect. Also, do you guys recommend a frame with two parallel top tubes or one where the centre tube (between top and down tubes follows the line of the downtube and bisects the rear triangle or do you just dig the reinforced extra thick tubing on a conventional double diamond frame. Note that some extra stiffness is required for the extira stress placed on a frame as large as mine must be. If you have never piloted a 63+cm frame you have likely never experienced the dreaded high speed front-end wobble so be glad about that
NE Way, your thoughts appreciated.