Insane Bicycle Mechanic
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
I'm a mini-Clyde (215-ish) but I ride a recumbent so I'm slamming the rear wheel into stuff all the time. A wider rim, 36-spoke wheel is the way to go. I've built my own wheels for years, and it's been 15 years since I broke an undamaged spoke. (Broke a couple after shifting the chain into them, but what do you expect!)
Aerospoke wheels are strong, heavy, and they can't be trued. If you damage or wear out the rim, you need to send it back to the factory.
Seats are a very personal thing! What fits my butt might not fit yours (TMI, I know, but hey...). On my upright bikes I have WTB brand seats. They're a little wider and flatter than average, and I find they support my sit bones better.
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