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Old 03-17-10, 10:58 AM   #1
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Front wheel / Tires question

First off, I am on a budget. I just picked up an old Trek 520 frame that I am trying to get running, and I was thinking of stealing the wheels off my current road bike. First question: is a 28 width tire wide enough? Keep in mind I only weight about 155lbs. I think the back wheel with a 28c tire might be fine, but the front wheel is radial laced, do you think this will flex too much? I plan on putting some front panniers on, so I'm pretty sure I will have to find a new front wheel unfortunately.
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plenty wide.. not as soft a ride as a bigger tire but.. plenty. I've toured tons with 28 gatorskins.
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what is the front wheel? spoke count? hubs? rim? more info needed. if you don't go crazy with your pannier weight.. any 32 should work. Front takes much less abuse and weight even with front panniers.
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if anything a radial laced front wheel will flex less, by flex I assume you mean side to side movement. If it's low spoke count and radial I'd be more inclined to look around for a dirt cheap machine built front wheel and re-true it. But I'm not speaking from experience.
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Are you going to stay on paved roads?
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Thanks for the replies guys, much appreciated.

I just checked the spoke count - 32. The rim is Weinman double wall. Should do fine then ya reckon? I guess the only way is to test er' out once I get it running and put some weight up front. And lastly, yes, the touring will be basically all road.
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Typically it is the rear wheel that takes the abuse on a tour bike because of the normal weigh bias to the rear, the loaded rear racks and the dish in the wheel. If you keep your overall weight within reason you should be fine on those wheels.

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