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Originally Posted by mwchandler21
I'm looking at buying this bike. http://www.rei.com/product/796397
My only real concern is the spoke count of the wheel set (front 16, back 20). Can a Clyde ride these okay?
How much does this Clyde weigh? I put quite a few miles on a set of 16/20-spoke wheels when I weighed 210+lbs. Never had a problem, never needed to true the wheels, and they're still in great shape. I think the wheels I rode could have easily handled a 250lb rider...
Is the main concern that they will go out of true more often or break?
Yes to both. If you listen to the people in this forum you'll also be worried that low-spoke wheels might: explode into flames, embezzle money from your retirement fund, or run away with your wife/girlfriend to the Cayman Islands.
The truth is that none of these things is likely to happen if the wheels are well-built, the spokes are properly tensioned, and your weight isn't too extreme. Will wheels with low spoke counts be more likely
to go out of true or break a spoke? Sure. Is it guaranteed
to happen? No. Would a set of 24/28-spoke wheels be better? Yes. Are they required
The CAAD9-4 is an awesome
bike! If I were you, I'd buy it in a heartbeat! If you're worried about the wheels, I'd suggest the following:
1) Buy the bike now and start riding it
2) Save money for a wheelset with more spokes. You won't need them immediately, but you may
want them at some point. For $200-300 you can get a great set of hand-built wheels from Bicycle Wheel Warehouse
, among others.
3) Buy a Park TM-1 tension meter and a spoke wrench, learn how to use them, and check your spoke tension regularly. This will go a long way toward eliminating possible wheel problems. Should only add $60-65 to the purchase price of the bike.