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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 09-16-12, 04:28 PM   #1
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Wheels

I am 6'4". I have been riding a mountain bike for awhile to get down to the weight that I am now. Was 350. Recently decided to get into rode biking which I really like. I bought a used twice Trek 1.0 Pilot that has been working well for me. The only concern I have is the wheels. As I was going downhill and around a turn at 30 mph I started thinking if my stock wheels are strong enough or am I going to end up wrecking at some point. My wheels are Alex Alloy with 700C x 28 tires. Anthing to watch out for that would worn of pending failure? should I be concerned or should I look into getting better wheels.

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Old 09-16-12, 05:16 PM   #2
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has anything happened to cause concern. Have the wheels gone out of true, have you broken spokes, are you getting braj=ke rub while standing?

My wheels have never been ticking time bombs - problems are usually foreshadowed
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No nothing has happened. Wheels are still running true. Have only put about 200 miles on it so far. I guess I should not worry unless wheels go out of true frequently?
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Many clydes have good luck with stock or off the shelf wheels. I have not. If yours are not giving you any trouble keep them. Keep an eye on the spoke tension and trueness early detection of problems will prolong the life of your wheels.
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Your stock wheels may be fine for quite a while. Or, they may not. But, fear not. They probably aren't going to assplode on you suddenly.

With regard to wheels and longevity, it is truely a case of an once of prevention exceeding a pound of cure. Properly tensioned and balanced/equalized spokes will go a long way to ensuring that your wheels have the best possible chance of providing reasonable longevity. If you ever notice them coming out of true or any loose spokes, deal with them as soon as possible.
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