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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 08-14-10, 06:05 PM   #1
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Wish me luck...

I needed a new set of rims for my commuter bike so I am going to try out the Mavic Open Pro rims. I like the 32 spoke count for both the front and back but I also like that they feel lighter than the WTB Dual Duty rims I had on it. I currently weigh 248 lbs and I think these may do OK. I have seen mixed reviews on them but I couldn't pass on the price I got for them at Performance ($376 for the set). Don't know if that is a really good price or not but it sounded good at the time so I went for it. Finished mounting Continental Ultra Gatorskins 28s on them and put them on the bike and am planning to take a short shakedown ride tomorrow.....
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Old 08-15-10, 09:05 AM   #2
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Well? Let us know how the ride went please, and review both the wheels and the tires? I have read both wonderful and horrid reviews of the tires - but the wheels sound choice~!
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I am a newbie cyclist and started at the weight you are at. I am riding a standard Giant Cypress with stock tires. I will be sixty next July and I am planning to ride a century before that date. Let me know how you do. Good luck.
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My First Ride Report: Got out a little later that I wanted to this morning and it was already brutally hot but I went for it anyway. Started the ride with a front tire pressure of 100 and a rear tire pressure of 110. Recommended Max pressure for The Continental Ultra Gator skins 28's is 116psi. At the very start of the ride I got very worried as I heard popping and creaking from both wheels for the first block I rode so I stopped and looked at both wheels real carefully. No broken spokes, no cracks in the spoke eyelets, nothing. I rechecked to make sure both wheels were seated properly in the dropouts, they were. Rechecked to make sure the brakes were not rubbing, they weren't. Looked at the tires to check that they were seated in the rims properly, OK there. WTF?? Got back on and continued the ride and never heard the creaking and popping for the rest of the ride. Once I got past that little episode things got fun. I found I got great response from the wheels when I would put power to the pedals. On the old wheels I had to really push and pedal constantly for any sort of speed out of the bike but the Mavic Open Pros seemed to respond quickly to the pedal strokes and when I really wanted to get some speed up they were very quick to get up to speed and I could maintain the speed a lot better and with less effort than before. I got to test them on climbing as there is a fair amount of rolling terrain on the route I like to ride and I must say that they did very well on them. I was able to keep a decent cadence on the rolling areas and in some cases increase my speed when I experimented with just putting extra power to the pedals. I did not notice much if any flex in the rims when going up hill and this was a welcome change for me. The WTB rims seemed to flex enough that I felt like I was really not getting the power out put that I was putting in but the Mavics responded to my increased power on the pedals and helped me do better on the hills than I was doing before. 2 Thumbs up there!! I really loved how the bike responded as a whole on the entire ride. On the WTB wheels I was using 35's and running them just slightly below recommended pressure. The ride on them was pretty comfortable but not fast. With the Mavics and running 28's the ride is definiately faster but I did trade off on the comfort side but not too much. For the most part I had a pretty good ride on the 28's and IMO the ride quality was not that worse than that on the 35's YMMV. So far I am very happy with them. I am planning to ride on them for a week or so before taking them to my LBS for a check on the spoke tension and trueing. So far, so good......
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My First Ride Report: Got out a little later that I wanted to this morning and it was already brutally hot but I went for it anyway. Started the ride with a front tire pressure of 100 and a rear tire pressure of 110. Recommended Max pressure for The Continental Ultra Gator skins 28's is 116psi. At the very start of the ride I got very worried as I heard popping and creaking from both wheels for the first block I rode so I stopped and looked at both wheels real carefully... I am planning to ride on them for a week or so before taking them to my LBS for a check on the spoke tension and trueing. So far, so good......
1) You can run the Gators at max pressure. I put in thousands of miles on them that way at your weight.
2) The popping sound was the wheel de-stressing and settling. Performance wheels are machine built and not hand finished, so there's no check for windup and all the other things that can happen during a built. Putting localized force over sets of spokes "pings and poings" them into their final positions.
3) Good call on the 1 week check. It's a good wheel, but it needs either a hand-tuning before riding, or a 3 - 5 ride post check to make sure it's in good shape.
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1) You can run the Gators at max pressure. I put in thousands of miles on them that way at your weight.
2) The popping sound was the wheel de-stressing and settling. Performance wheels are machine built and not hand finished, so there's no check for windup and all the other things that can happen during a built. Putting localized force over sets of spokes "pings and poings" them into their final positions.
3) Good call on the 1 week check. It's a good wheel, but it needs either a hand-tuning before riding, or a 3 - 5 ride post check to make sure it's in good shape.
Great advice.

I also have a set of Open Pros that now have over 3,000 miles, most of those miles with 28 Gatorskins. My weight has varied between 240 and 225. When I got the wheels I put them on a truing stand and tweeked the tension. I have not had any problems at all.
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Thanks for letting me know what that popping sound was. I thought at first I was breaking spokes or cracking the heck out of the rims. Scared me good......
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