Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southwest Michigan
Bikes: Fuji Monterey, Schwinn Traveler, Fuji Special Road Racer, Gitane Interclub, Sun EZ-1, Schwinn Frontier, Puch Cavalier, Vista Cavalier, Armstrong, Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Stingray
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Trashed my wheelset
Twas bound to happen, I was riding on borrowed time. The wheels were plain standard wheels made in the 80's, there was only so much they could offer to someone 265+- lbs
Last week at the club ride I thought I was loosing a wheel bearing, or perhaps it was brake squeak, but my wheels were squeaking the entire ride and robbing me of effort with increased resistance. I noticed after the ride that my front wheel had a dent, most likely from a pothole, but also it had some run-out that I tried to true up, but it was having none of it. I tried to squeeze the dent back in with some channel locks, but alas, the damage was done. I ended up switching wheels for yesterdays club ride but ran into trouble with my rear wheel too. Then I remembered I had felt it 'give' when I was htfu to catch up with the rest of the group. It was likely out-of true and I over-torqued it, suffice to say I did not ride last night because I couldn't pull the knock out of it before the start time.
These were just old steel wheels, and I do have another set in alloy that i was going to use on my new-to-me Nishiki, but I know those wheels--also from the early 80's--are also on borrowed time. It's time to invest in a buit-to-handle-my-weight wheelset.
So, what should I build? I'm good with just reusing my hubs if they're in good shape. I could go the 700c conversion, but really don't care if I don't. I'd be happy running the 27" Continentals I just bought but haven't mounted yet. Also I just got some nice silver-anodized brakes that would look fantastic on the Fuji, but I don't know that they'd have the reach for a 700c conversion. The area I ride is mostly flat, so I don't need the performance upgrade of more gear choices on a modern cassette, plus I'm nervous about spreading the drops on my frame. It's not easy to come by nice frames large enough to fit me.
Ok, any suggestions are most welcome. I'm concerned about strength, not weight or looks.