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Old 02-13-12, 02:14 PM   #1
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Wheels question

I am just starting into cyclying for the first time in about 15years. I need to buy some wheels and tires for my bike. I need some good reliable inexspensive products for a heavier man. I weight 235. What should I buy?
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Road or MTB, rim or disc brake. dependant on this, would look for 32 or 36 hole rims with double butted spokes, possibly straight gauge on the rear drive side. and a wide rim, welded & machined if rim brakes, as for brands, would depend one what is available in your LBS / where you are getting them from.

For hubs, you can't go wrong with Shimano, Spokes DT, Sapim, Wheelsmith or ACI are all good, go for brass nipples, for rims, Mavic, DT, Velocity are good along with many others.

You don't mention budget or use, only inexpensive; one persons cheap is another's expensive, and reliable & strong don't often equal cheap when it comes to bike parts.
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I weigh about 240 (which drops to about 220 by summers end) and I'll carry up to 50 lbs. in my rear baskets.

I just use the cheapest 36 spoke rims that came on the bike and have no problems.
Driveway "lips" are about the biggest impact and I try to catch them at an angle, instead of straight on.
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I am just starting into cyclying for the first time in about 15years. I need to buy some wheels and tires for my bike. I need some good reliable inexspensive products for a heavier man. I weight 235. What should I buy?
What type of bike and what are the current wheels and size? I run a lot of vintage bikes with stock hubs and just lace up new alloy rims to improve the ride and braking. Rims run me ~$35 a piece, spokes another $18 or so. Some of the older sizes are getting harder to find in a complete wheel.

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Well I am getting a Cannondale from my uncle that is about 10 -12 years old. Not sure about the wheel size due to I havent received the bike yet. I just know that one of the wheels is bent so that is why I am asking now before I get it. I am trying to prepare for when I get it next week. I am trying to go as cheap as possible. I have been spending to much money lately so I am trying to go as cheap as posible for right now to get started.
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Well I am getting a Cannondale from my uncle that is about 10 -12 years old. Not sure about the wheel size due to I havent received the bike yet. I just know that one of the wheels is bent so that is why I am asking now before I get it. I am trying to prepare for when I get it next week. I am trying to go as cheap as possible. I have been spending to much money lately so I am trying to go as cheap as posible for right now to get started.
Not enough information. The bike could be a road bike, a hybrid, a mountain bike, etc.
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Sorry it is a road bike.
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IF it's a road bike, most likely you'll have 700C rims.

On my hybrid, I use 700X26C tires and feel that's about a skinny as I want to go.
Bigger tires are just more weight to accelerate.
IF you don't have to worry about lots of broken glass or thorns, just get the cheapest for your first set.
These are what I used to replace the 35C "slugs" on my hybrid.
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...t-tire-folding
I see they have an even less expensive tire $13.

Is the rim "kinked" or just out of true? If the latter, it might be salvageable with just a few minutes with a spoke wrench.
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I'd first see what wheels are already on the bike. If they're around 36 spoke, and the bent one isn't too badly out of shape, you should be ok to go with just trueing and tensioning the wheels. High-tension, 36 spoke wheels are strong and durable. They'll weigh a tad more than the latest unobtanium, (N-1)spoke wheels, but then (no offence meant) so does the rider.
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Well I am getting a Cannondale from my uncle that is about 10 -12 years old. Not sure about the wheel size due to I havent received the bike yet. I just know that one of the wheels is bent so that is why I am asking now before I get it. I am trying to prepare for when I get it next week. I am trying to go as cheap as possible. I have been spending to much money lately so I am trying to go as cheap as posible for right now to get started.
Most 'dales came with decent quality components. If all that is bent is the rim I would see about having a new rim laced on to the existing hub, probably going to be the most cost effective (I did not say CHEAPEST) way to go.

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Bicycles have four components: hub, rim, spokes and build quality. Build quality is by far the most important. Most any wheelset will serve you well so long as the spoke tensions are even and adequate.
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You need to hit the bike shop, dude.
got that one right !

they can get a decent machine built wheel, and then they would
if required, hand tension and true it,
that service needs to be kept up, as loose spokes break.

Often that is included with in some months of the sale,
.. touch ups, after wearing in a bit

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got that one right !

they can get a decent machine built wheel, and then they would
if required, hand tension and true it,
that service needs to be kept up, as loose spokes break.

Often that is included with in some months of the sale,
.. touch ups, after wearing in a bit
I agree!! About all I know about Texarkana is they have shopping center with a Starbucks I can almost get my big rig into but I am sure there is a decent bike shop there somewhere. I keep thinking there is an F-111 off of I30 but thats Little Rock right?

Anyway the first thing you should do is look for a good shop and get that bike tuned up. as already pointed out it is possible the wheel can be fixed. if not the shop should have some reasonable options.

I am not the lightest of riders and I ride the same stuff all the uber fit guys do, OK OK most of my stuff was the stuff used by the uber fit guys. I do not generally consider weight to be a big issue with bike parts but I feel riding style is more important.

get the bike tuned and new wheel if need and watch out for the potholes and dead amarillos and have fun

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Yes the F-111 is right outside of Texarkana. Yes with the Starbucks at the end of that shopping center i would see you almost getting the Big rig in there. I will be getting the bike one week from today and it will be heading straight to the LBS. Hopefully I will be riding it very soon.
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