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    First 'bent. Do I need new wheels?

    OK - the size was right, the brand was right, and the price seemed right. I just got this:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN%3AIT&rd=1

    My question is: Being the whole 275# maximum weight for this machine, should I change to heavier-duty wheels before riding? I don't want to damage the nice wheels on the bike...

    Suggestions appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    OK - the size was right, the brand was right, and the price seemed right. I just got this:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN%3AIT&rd=1

    My question is: Being the whole 275# maximum weight for this machine, should I change to heavier-duty wheels before riding? I don't want to damage the nice wheels on the bike...

    Suggestions appreciated.
    I am going to guess that you + your equipment will weigh more than 275? My uneducated guess is that it's probably more impactive to the frame than the wheels but I could be wrong. That being said, I'm a heavy rider who carries a lot of stuff. Before the 'bent, I had a hybrid with Bontrager Select wheels - which look similar to those pictured - road them loaded with weight for four years and the wheels didn't so much as come out of true. Try 'em first & see.
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    Manufacturers typically build in a decent safety margin into their frames, so you should be OK there. Just don't expect to be able to ride off any curbs.

    The wheels will probably be ok on level ground, but beware of potholes and other large bumps! Hitting a big bump may strain the spokes beyond the breaking point, causing them to snap... not a good thing!

    I suggest contacting Bacchetta directly, and asking the same question. After all, they build the bike, and know what it can do. Also ask on BentRider Online (if you haven't already). You are sure to get lots of good advice there.

    Lastly, you chose an excellent first recumbent. I'm sure you'll be pleased with it. Put regular platform pedals on it first, to get used to the balance and riding style. Then, think about installing clipless pedals. Happy riding!
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    I would suggest looking for a 3X 32 or 36 hole rear wheel (perhaps with a cassette change as well, though you aren't in a really hilly area) and leave the front wheel alone. A search for a 28mm tire might be in order as well. You certainly got a nice starter bike though, and once you get the hang of it will be quite pleased.
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    You know, no offense to bike forums, but this isn't the recumbent hideout. Now that you got a smoking deal on a Bacchetta, check out http://www.bacchettabikes.com and http://www.bentrideronline.com that's where the Bacchetta crowd hangs. Oh, and they were watching that auction. Good deal, hope you enjoy it. I wouldn't worry too much about the wheels, just don't hit big holes, do 100+ miles a week, and you'll be below 275 in no time.

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    Thanks MUCH to all of you for your feedback. I'll be trying the wheels on the bike for awhile to see. If I start breaking spokes, I'll either buy some 1-pc. carbon clincher wheels or have some heavy-duty spoked wheels made.

    Thanks again!

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