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Old 03-03-20, 12:16 PM
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Tanstaafl
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Do I need stronger wheels?

I have a 2013 Specialized Crosstrails. Most riding up until recently has been roads and paths around the neighborhood and organized rides on the weekends.

I have recently added riding grass pathways along drainage bayous near my home in Houston. The grass in the area can be rather 'clumpy', so the ride is often less than smooth.

This last weekend while riding the clumpy grass I broke a spoke on the rear wheel. This brings up the question if the stock wheels are able to handle the less than smooth terrain of the bayou trails, or if occasional spoke breakage is just a fact of bicycling.

If I do need to upgrade my wheels for this kind of riding, can anyone make a recommendation? I am willing to buy a new wheel set that will accept a larger tire size so I can swap wheels between grass rides and road rides. I currently run a 38 size tire on the stock wheels.

Thanks,
Jeff
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