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Old 06-23-09, 05:19 PM   #1
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how many miles

quick question, how many miles without any problems is good for a rim? at a weight of 450+
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Old 06-23-09, 05:30 PM   #2
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Infinitely variable. It depends on how well you maintain spoke tension and true on it, and other variables. There isn't a hard and fast mileage standard.
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Old 06-23-09, 05:36 PM   #3
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Additionally, it depends on the weather you're riding in and the crap on the roads. You can wear through a rim quick if you get bits of debris in your break pads.
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Additionally, it depends on the weather you're riding in and the crap on the roads. You can wear through a rim quick if you get bits of debris in your break pads.
+1. I'm only 250 pounds and I got less than 6000 miles from my last rim. Lots of wet, slushy, sandy/cinder-y weather last winter, and lots of hard downhill braking.
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Depends on the bumps you hit, too.

As far as I know, there are a LOT of antique/ vintage bikes that have their original rims- though they may be steel rims or may have had coaster brakes.
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I've finally figured out that any LBS can make a wheel. However, they are not all experts in our user requirements. My current wheel has about 8000miles. More than double the previous record. While I was shopping for a new bike, I knew that they would be making the wheels for what ever I bought. (Even from another LBS!)

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