So I'm riding the bike trying to lose weight, but my current weight seems to be a problem (even though it's gradually reducing). I know people a lot heavier than me ride even road bikes with the super skinny tires. I'm about 275 now, but I just keep breaking spokes on the back wheel. It's a Raleigh hybrid bike with 700C wheels. It's great when its not broken. I'm strictly using it for commuting, and riding on a paved greenway path, so it's not like it's getting abused hopping curbs and going off-road.
The stock rims had 36 spoke wheels already, which in my research seems to be what people say heavier folks need. Well, I had it in the shop several times for broken spokes. So, I talked to the shop owner and he offered to build me a custom rear wheel, DT Swiss rim (I think) and some kind of fancy-schmancy spokes (Sateen? something like that I think [edit: googling, I think it's Sapim maybe]). I decided to go for it, thinking it would be bulletproof, right? Well, I put some number of miles on the new wheel, not sure exactly how many (probably somewhere between 50-100), and it needed trued up. No broken spokes though. I was encouraged. Put another 125 mi on and on the way home today, I noticed the wheel didn't feel right, and sure enough ANOTHER FRIGGIN BROKEN SPOKE . Always breaks at the same spot, the inside of the wheel on the left side. So, I had to drop it off at the shop and the master wheel builder is supposed to call me tomorrow.
*sigh* The shop has been really nice, but I'm getting tired of seeing them. So I'm thinking about getting another bike. Maybe I should save the hybrid for when I've lost another 50 lbs or so? If nothing else, have a spare for when the other's in the shop! I'm wondering if I should get a mountain bike maybe. I really don't want front shocks, and seems most mountain bikes have them these days, but I learned today that some mountain bikes with shocks have a remote lockout so you can basically enable/disable the shock, which I didn't even know was a thing. And I like the idea of disc brakes.
Wondering if I should look at something with 26" wheels, or 29" wheels which would be closer to what I have (I think) except on a mountain bike, hopefully a lot stronger. I'm guessing the 26" wheels would probably be stronger, but the 29" wheels would probably be better for the kind of longer road rides I like to do (about 32 miles at the longest now, but I'm gradually building on to it). But would the 29" wheels be strong enough if they are mountain-bike type wheels with enough spokes?
Ahhhh my head is swimming with all the possibilities. Input from anyone who's been down this road is appreciated ...