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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 04-12-10, 08:11 PM   #1
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besides being fat, what am I doing wrong?

6'4", 265 lbs, avid road and Mnt biker........i keep breaking spokes. I bike HARD on the trails, I have a Al Giant XTC with great equipment, 975 XTR front wheel, Mavic cross ride rear hub with a Crossland rim......I keep breaking spokes on the rear, at least one a week. I've backed off the tension, Ive added tension, I've backed off air pressure, I've added......I HATE my weight, and I'm working on it....I hate blade spokes they seem to snap right where the blade goes back round, and I haven't found round straight pull spokes for a crossride hub......what's a big guy to do


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Old 04-12-10, 08:20 PM   #2
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Time for a new shop or new mechanic? I went to one shop had a spoke replaced, and later that summer I went to another shop (local Trek dealer) and haven't had a problem with the rear wheel since.

I'd stay off the harder stuff until I lost weight but that is just me.....
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Old 04-12-10, 08:23 PM   #3
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that's a great Idea........but I'm my mechanic.....
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Old 04-12-10, 08:31 PM   #4
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Time for a new shop or new mechanic? I went to one shop had a spoke replaced, and later that summer I went to another shop (local Trek dealer) and haven't had a problem with the rear wheel since.

I'd stay off the harder stuff until I lost weight but that is just me.....
Great advice here. Take it easy for a few months until you take off 20 or so pounds. The forum here has a great section on DIY bike repair. Watch the videos on spoke replacement and see how easy it is.
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Old 04-12-10, 08:33 PM   #5
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I can't speak to your spoke issues.

But what I do see, is that you have three bikes, a snowboard and three cases of Schlitz next to the back door.

Where is the problem?
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Old 04-12-10, 08:35 PM   #6
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If you ride hard, things break, that's the way it is. The only hub I could find matching your description is a 24 spoke hub. I would consider that pretty light duty. Go for something more proven like a 32 or 36 hole XT hub laced to Sun Rhino Lights.
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Old 04-12-10, 08:37 PM   #7
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A buddy of mine had the same problem - he kept breaking spokes on his rear wheel. I temporarily swapped it out for something more all-mountain and he hasn't broken a spoke since.

Get a beefier wheel until the weight drops. It'll add "training effect" to help you get in shape quicker, and you'll be that much faster when you go back to your XC wheel.
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Old 04-12-10, 10:23 PM   #8
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i have ripped apart hubs on the mtb and popped spokes on the road. i had a new wheel set built for both and have not had a problem in 2 seasons. i am 275 and ride with the skinnies (skinny people that is). i have to really put some power down to keep up. i dont know enough about wheel building but somebody can help you build a strong lightweight wheel set. well as light as is safe for our size. my road wheel set is 1460 grams. my spoke count in the rear is 28 but go with that or above. its heavy for some weight weenies but quite light for a fat arse like me.

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Old 04-13-10, 02:45 AM   #9
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i'd usggest building new wheels with 32 or 36 spokes in it. if you can do it yourself great but if not then get some good mechanice to do it and keep truing them yourself etc. i am 265lbs and would recommend the sun mammoth rims, they're bomb proof and cheap and it was a great experience building them up with sheldons wheel building tutorial. now i don't throw the bike around the place but i haven't had to true them in ages
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Old 04-13-10, 05:25 PM   #10
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I can't speak to your spoke issues.

But what I do see, is that you have three bikes, a snowboard and three cases of Schlitz next to the back door.

Where is the problem?
It should be Grain Belt instead of Schlitz?
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