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    Getting (re)started

    Hi. Am 57 & started bike commuting about years ago & try to get in 50-100 mi. per week. Two years ago, I trained w/ Team-in-Training & did a century at Tahoe with them. This year, some assorted locals are getting together to do the Markleeville Challenge (Death Ride) in July. It would be far beyond what I have ridden before, but I am going to start training as soon as my shoulder, which I injured recently, heals.

    I live in Santa Clara. There are mountains to the East and West, the weather is usually OK, and there are interested riders of all levels to ride with.

    I ride a Trek 7900 hybrid, which seems to go with my age and size- 215 lb. Recently got some great wheels built by Shaw's cycles. Them puppies is sturdy.

    P.S. My wreck was caused by ignoring worn out cogs when replacing the chain.

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    Welcome to Bikeforums Grizz! You'll like it here!
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    Hi!! Welcome.

    I am curious as to why you have relegated yourself to a hybrid?? I am 62 years old, weigh about 225 lbs and have ridden a Lemond Buenos Aires road bike (GREAT BIKE) for 3 years and 6,600 miles without a bit of wheel trouble, using stock Mavic 32 spoke wheels. I think someone has you convinced that you need special wheels for your weight. You don't. (When I first got the bike I had the wheel spokes properly tensioned by the LBS)

    P.S. I also have a Specialized Mtn Bike with 6,600 miles also with never replaced stock Hard Rock 36 spoke wheels (althoug I seem to have just a little bit if a bearing sound from the front wheel, my LBS says NOT TO WORRY!!) He pulled the bearings and inspected them and says they have a couple of thousand more miles in them.

    Anyway, if you are going to do serious road riding, dump the hybrid. Get a road bike.
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    Well, let's see. Denvr. I more or less selected the hybrid (by the way, that was 5 years ago) because I wanted something general purpose that would be good, for example, riding loaded during commutes that start at 5:30am in an urban area. The carbon tubes make it seem pretty sporty, at least to me.
    I had many broken spokes and nipples pulled out of wheels. Many of the spokes broke at the bend at the hub. My new Phil hubs seem to address that.
    I ended up w/a 36-spoke rear w/drive side tied and soldered, but 32 still seems good for the front.
    I am considering a road frame for future rides, but my wallet says wait until next season. I tend to hammer when I ride, so I don't plan to stint on critical components. I am riding for 1)safety, 2)fun, 3)exercise, 4)our dear environment. I seem to go fast enough, and perhaps I get more #3 and just as much #2 on a hybrid in the same distance. Truth be told, I am kind of competitive & I love it when I can hang w/ some roadies.
    Thanks for the encouragement. Maybe there should be a forum for "Clydesdales"?

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    >>I am considering a road frame for future rides, but my wallet says wait until next season. I tend to hammer when I ride, so I don't plan to stint on critical components. I am riding for 1)safety, 2)fun, 3)exercise, 4)our dear environment. I seem to go fast enough, and perhaps I get more #3 and just as much #2 on a hybrid in the same distance. Truth be told, I am kind of competitive & I love it when I can hang w/ some roadies.
    Thanks for the encouragement. Maybe there should be a forum for "Clydesdales"?

    I felt the same way when I had only my mtn bike. But, after I got my roadie, WHAT A CHANGE. It truly was a different riding experience.

    Sorry about all your wheel trouble. I pound pretty good myself. Guess I have been pretty lucky - also have had a great LBS, who took good care of me.

    Have fun.
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    Welcome to the forums.

    There are a fair few of us the right side of 200lb

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    Currently riding an MTB with a split personality - commuting, touring, riding for the sake of riding, on or off road :)

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