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Old 10-17-11, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Large217 View Post
I way around 220 pounds and will sometimes load an extra 50 lbs. on the bike (groceries, tools) but usually carry less than 15 extra pounds on the commute.
Ah, I wondered about your user-name (but was, of course, too polite to ask!). With a lot of weight especially on the rear wheel, a good wheel build is of utmost importance as many above have mentioned. Carrying 50 lbs puts you well into the "loaded touring" category, so maybe some research can be done over at the touring forum...

A lot of us are here as well, as we aren't on vacation all the time, but have to commute to work inbetween tours!

May be worth looking at 36 spokes (as opposed to 32) or even 40 (tandem)

MTB hubs on strong rims and spokes (e.g XT hubs, Mavic A719 36 hole rims and even DT Swiss Alpine III spokes) is getting you into "bombproof" wheel territory, particularly when built by a competent touring wheel builder.

edit: sorry, forgot, your bike probably has 130mm rear dropout spacing so maybe better to stay with road hubs (MTB hubs are 135mm). Tiagra, 105, Ultegra for example. No huge difference in strength.

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