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Old 12-08-10, 01:20 AM
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looking for new rims!

Hey guys i'm new to this forum so...i'm 6'1 245lb and i just found myself an old schwinn road bike. Now my rims seem to be bent and im looking for some new ones. Im wondering which ones are good and which can hold my weight. I feel like these skinny little rims wont hold my weight but i really want to ride my new bike.
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Skinny little rims will hold your weight just fine, as long as they aren't super-light racing wheels and as long as the spoke count is sufficient. The fact that the rim is narrow doesn't make it weaker - in fact the force exerted on the rim by a skinny tyre is less than would be exerted by a wider tyre at similar pressure - so you don't need to worry about that.

Any decent wheelset will be fine - go to a bike shop and ask for a recommendation. I'd suggest 32 spokes per wheel for a big rider. And I'd suggest that 25mm tyres, inflated to the recommended pressure, offer a good compromise between low rolling resistance and resistance to pinch flats.
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Velocity dyad is the rim I use. Built for loaded touring and tandems. It's a bit wide though, so if you want to run skinny (23) tires then velocity deep v is a better choice
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Go talk to Peter White (https://www.peterwhitecycles.com/index.html ) and get him to build you a set of rims, either the Velocity Dyads or Deep V as another poster suggested. I have some wheels he built with the Dyads and use it on my commuter bike. I weigh about 215 and I carry about 20 Lbs of stuff with me (amazing how much 3 water bottles, a thermos of milk, some cloths, and fould weather gear all weighs. I have over 4 years and 6,000 miles on the bike and the rims are still perfectly true.... the OEM rim kept breaking spokes badly after 800 miles, the replacement kept breaking spokes badly as well. Peter's rim is perfect... quality isn't super cheap, but his prices are very reasonable. Don't ask Peter for any fancy super light weight rims, be builts quality sturdy rims that don't have toe weigh a ton, but are definitely Clyde capable.

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thank you @chasm54 @mtalinm@andrelam very very helpful
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Originally Posted by faint599
Now my rims seem to be bent and im looking for some new ones.
I'm guessing, if the rims "SEEM" to be bent, then they are not bent much. Have you thought of having the wheels trued? If this works, it doesn't stop you buying new wheels, but it does give you other options.
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I commuted for years on a '77 Le Tour with the stock steel wheels and wasn't much lighter than you. I'd second getting them trued if they aren't too far out. Unless you really plan on dumping money into this bike and keeping it long-term then new wheels could make more sense.
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well when i say they are bent i mean it looks like an oval at least the back one and both rims have dents where the tubes go in many places now my thought was im to big for these rims or over weight. Does it matter if i ride on local streets with many bumps.
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also this bike has been in storage for years and the rims are rusted. very very little rust like specs.
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Originally Posted by faint599
also this bike has been in storage for years and the rims are rusted. very very little rust like specs.
Rust specs mean they are probably chromed steel rims, those are most likely the old 27 x 1¼" size, that really can muck things up, take the bike to a bike shop that sells wheels and have them try a 700C wheel on there, you may need to spread the stays a little for the rear one to fit, if they can drop the brake pads down to seat on a 700C rim, then be happy, if they can't, then things get more interesting.

If a 700C can not be made to fit, then new pre-built 27" wheels are few and far between, you can spend the money to rebuild your wheels, look for an experienced 27" wheel with aluminum rims that runs true. BTW if the bike has been in storage for many years, ALL the cables should be replaced and so should the brake pads.

Unfortunately, some old bikes turn into black holes that suck up money worse then an '83 Valiant.
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Here you go just what the doctor ordered https://www.mavic.com/en/product/rims...lon/rims/A-719
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Originally Posted by Wogsterca
Rust specs mean they are probably chromed steel rims, those are most likely the old 27 x 1¼" size, that really can muck things up.
Sun-Ringle still makes the CR-18 in a 27" rim. I use the 700c version on my brevet bike, and will likely use the same rim when I build my CX bike for next season. They're a little on the heavy side, but it's because they're nearly 25mm wide double-wall eyeletted rims. They're nice and strong, and can handle a wider tire comfortably.
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