Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: terre haute IN
Bikes: 88 c'dale mtb, early 80's mongoose mtb,82 schwinn heavy duti
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I am starting my first long distance tour in the first part of may. I intend to start in southwest IN and go north till I meet up with the northern teir route,and follow it west. since I have never rode this much before I am taking it easy ,only hoping for 50 miles a day. I got laid off from work for the second time in 2 monthes so I figured "what the heck,why not?" I have wanted to do this for years and have most everything I think I need .except last year I sold my 48 spoke wheels I had built for my mountain bike. actuallty I sold the whole bike! anyway, I have been building a new bike for this over the last month and I am a little worried about my budget for wheels. a new pair of 48's (shimano tandem hubs and ryhno lite rims)is between 400 and 500 bucks ,depending if I buy them online or have the LBS build them.I have been reading on here of the strength of well built 36 spoke wheels,and after comparing the costs it would seem a cheaper alternative.
I am 6'2" and I currently weigh in a little over 300# and I figure around 50 # for my gear and I am not sure what my bike weighes yet, but lets say another 50 #. could well built, 36 spoke wheels(lx or xt hubs and rynolite rims)hold up to a 3500 to 4000 mile tour while rolling a fat guy and all his stuff along?.LBS guy seems to think it "could"but I should be prepared to have it looked at every couple days or once a week ,or ? he thinks ,and I know ,with the 48's I wont have any worries. for the price differance i fell like I could have a least a month longer on the road with out worring about money,so its pretty important.
LBS guy suggested building a 40 or 48 for the rear and leaving my current 36 in the front ,providing the hub is in good enough shape. any opinions on this subject?thanks for any advice
Last edited by spanky4x4; 03-28-04 at 08:44 AM.