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Old 06-17-11, 06:39 PM
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I weigh 220+ now and ride on that type of roads all the time. My wheels are wheels that I built over 20 years ago, still true. Well when I built the wheels I probably weighed 175 or so. The rims are slightly deep section aerodynamic rims, 32-hole. At my current weight with 700x23 I have the fairly rare pinch flat when I hit a hole in the road, but you're supposed to avoid those, and my tires last a long time. I'm going to build a new set of wheels and switch to 700x28. I'm building the new wheels because my old wheels use separate freewheels, my new wheels will have freehubs.

If you are starting with a relatively inexpensive bike, then your rim problem is probably due to wheels that weren't built with the proper spoke tension. You could have a good bike shop retrue and tension your wheels and they would do much better.
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