Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
I live in the city, work in the city and do most of my recreational and group rides in the city.
I'm currently having a Velocity Aerohead/Aerohead OC wheelset built up. I had similar concerns regarding the strength in an urban environment. The wheelbuilder said that a sensible spoke count is a major factor in wheel strength and durability, and generally more important than heavier hoops and has less impact on weight than heavier hoops. Exceptions being excessive amounts of jumping, riding stairs and like, in which case you'll want both high spoke count and heavier hoops.
Now that I'm thinking about it, the only durability problem I've had with any wheel has been broken spokes. I've never had any issue with the hoops.
As for the flywheel effect of the hoop weight, I suppose it may be a greater concern with fixies, but since I don't own one, all I can possibly do is speculate. I suggest you take that part of the matter to the Fixed Gear forum.
BTW, my favorite group ride is our off-season Tuesday Night Urban Assault. Despite the image conjured up by the name, none of us carry firearms and the only Kevlar to be found is in our tires. Explosions are limited to the occasional blowout or burst of profanity.
Oh, one more thing: There's a 200 gram difference between the two types of TUBES I use. 75g for the everyday ones, and 275g for the thorn-resistant ones I use when I venture out to the suburbs, exurbs and rural areas. I notice the difference only when I look for it.
Last edited by tsl; 05-22-07 at 07:39 PM.