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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 10-19-09, 09:21 PM   #1
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Newbie Clyde and having Spoke/wheel issues


I'm a newb to this bike thing. About two months ago I picked up the Giant Bowery (I ride single speed.) Seen here

It came with Alexrims DA22 700c 32 hole rims and I broke a spoke on the rear wheel last week just riding normally. Granted it happened a day after a 15-20 mile ride which I know i got a little gnarly on. $20 later It was fixed and then yesterday it happened again on the rear tire.

I am big! Coming in at 6'4 and hovering that 300lb range. I am loving the bike and riding a lot, works great as a commuter bike and gets a lot of road time and I'm getting myself into shape simultaneously.

My big question is what is a good rear wheel for a guy my size on a single speed? I've been looking at the aerospokes pretty much because I hear they are strong, heavier (help with my size?) and don't need to be trued often.

(Should I look at buying a new wheel or fix this one again and teach myself more about wheel upkeep?)

might as well know out another question if you know......

is the Selle An Atomica Clydesdale model a proper seat for a guy my size everybody at my LBS's has been pointing me towards those (they also said these rims would hold me)?

I hope you guys can help me out and sincerly apologize for the newb questions and length of my post.
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Old 10-19-09, 09:48 PM   #2
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I had a set of Mavic CXP33 with Ultegra hubs built at Sellwood Cycle.
I got 32h front and rear and so far I absolutely love them.
Got about 2,000 miles on them and haven't done a thing. I paid a little
over $400 for the set. You could get the same for a little less from
Universal Cycle and a local pickup in PDX saves you shipping.
Sellwood does free truing and their a small locel shop with a good reputation.
Velocity Deep V would be good too. Hand built is the key !!
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Old 10-19-09, 10:02 PM   #3
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The DA22 is a fine rim, but you need to make sure that the wheel is not only trued, but also properly tensioned and de-stressed.
As for the Aerospoke, you don't want to go near that. I used to race on a pair back when I was 205-ish and they are flexible when you stand and hammer (which is often on a single, if you ride like me). Like any deep-section composite spoke, they're heavy and best meant for long distance aero performance, not city riding.

Consider this: Over the summer I put in a century on my fixed gear. Around 6500' of climbing, so I was up out of the saddle quite a bit. The wheels on my fg are 1991 Wolber T410 Alpine 32h rims built up on a 1991 Shimano 105sc hub in front and an IRO high flange fix/fix in back. Yep; 18 year old equipment mixed with new spokes and rear hub. I've put in over 700 miles on that setup this year and haven't needed to true it (and I started this year at 255-ish).
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Old 10-23-09, 04:51 PM   #4
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I use weinmann 519 they are made of 6061 t6 aluminum. None of the have ever done this They cost $24
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Old 10-23-09, 09:48 PM   #5
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Get a good hand-built wheel. Mavic rim, DT 14 gauge spokes 32 or 36 holes on your hub or maybe a Paul SS hub. Mavic makes a trekking rim that's heavy-duty, but still performs well.
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Old 10-24-09, 09:08 AM   #6
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I had similar issues ( @220 lbs) ..... switching to DT Swiss spokes helped, but did not eliminate the problem. Had my LBS build me a 36 spoke MAVIC CXP33, Ultegra hub, DT spokes, and not problems. A good hand built wheel will always beat a machine built wheel. Cost me ( as I recall) about $150. or so. I live in the Finger Lakes region of NYS- lots of hills, no more worries.
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Old 10-24-09, 01:03 PM   #7
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Get a good hand-built wheel. Mavic rim, DT 14 gauge spokes 32 or 36 holes on your hub or maybe a Paul SS hub. Mavic makes a trekking rim that's heavy-duty, but still performs well.
+1 on this. forget the weight of the wheel, just go for strength. I weigh about 260, and I've had problems whenever i've tried to go below 36h in the rear. Velocity Deep V would be another good rim--mine are two years old, about 4000 miles, and still true.
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Old 10-24-09, 09:45 PM   #8
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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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