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Old 06-24-22, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
All I can say is:

You need more than one bike.
Don't we all?
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Old 06-24-22, 01:16 PM
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I weigh 290 at 6'1" yes I am hefty. I built my own wheels, Velocity Atlas 36 spoke laced to Shimano hubs. They hold up fine, dont go out of true. For tires i run 32mm Gatorskins. I venture onto some rough gravel also.
Bike choice is a Gunnar Crosshairs. I like steel bikes.
My other bikes are a Surly Karate Monkey and a Specialized Fuse aluminum.
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Old 06-24-22, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz View Post
donít let people tell you youíre too fat for a drop bar road bike.

I can say this from experience as a former 300+ pound person. When I was heavy, the issue with me and drop bars was a big deal because of where on my body I was storing the fat. This varies a lot from person to person. I agree you OP shouldn't let anyone tell OP what will or won't work, but should definitely try riding a drop bar before buying one.
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Old 06-24-22, 03:12 PM
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...for the issues you describe, I can't suggest much more than learning more about wheels and constructing them. A modern box section alloy rim with at least 36 spokes, laced to any sort of decent hub, with the spokes tensioned to maximum recommended tension for the rim, and well balanced as to equal tensions, ought to work. I'm riding on a variety of wheelsets like that here, on a number of different bikes, mostly on 700x25 0r 28 tires, sometimes on 27"x1 1/8 or 1 1/4. And I'm averaging in the 250-260# range, so not a good climber. My wheels seem to do OK, at least the ones I build myself.
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Old 06-24-22, 03:20 PM
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Just buy a WABI Thunder, have 32/35c tires spec'd and enjoy yourself more than you thought you could.
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Old 06-24-22, 03:57 PM
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The only thing I can add, after popping multiple spokes on a few different rear wheels and bikes, is I learned to lift myself off the saddle when going over rough tarmac, gaps, expansion cracks and other jarring surfaces.
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Old 06-24-22, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by B.U.F.F. View Post
Jamis Coda S2 ... broke numerous spokes on both rear and front wheels, after replacing them (and subsequently breaking them) I just bought a new wheelset. Fast-forward to two days ago and I realized one of my spokes while riding was super loose. I took it to the shop and they're going to do a tune on it, but my bike is down until the 28th ...
Might spring for a second wheelset, one with more spokes and built with a tougher rim, tougher spokes and a high-quality build (very reputable wheel shop). The bike sounds like a good one. If it fits and rides well for you, a second heavier-duty wheelset might suit you while the weight's coming off, and then you could wap to the other lighter-built wheelset once you're down to "fighting" weight.

For wheelsets, check out Velomine for some options:

https://www.velomine.com
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Old 06-24-22, 06:41 PM
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I must have dyslexia or something. I originally read "Nice guy wants fat bike."
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Old 06-24-22, 08:40 PM
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You may want to consider a touring bike. The Surly Long Haul trucker can haul up to 300 pounds according to Surly. I have hauled a total of about 270 pounds on my Long Haul Trucker with no issues. That isn't normal for me, but I have done it.

New rims for your current bike would work well though. Welcome to the forum, and enjoy the ride!
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Old 06-25-22, 03:48 AM
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR View Post
The only thing I can add, after popping multiple spokes on a few different rear wheels and bikes, is I learned to lift myself off the saddle when going over rough tarmac, gaps, expansion cracks and other jarring surfaces.

That's good advice for any weight rider (unless you're on a recumbent, lol). A lot easier on your butt as well.
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Old 06-25-22, 03:56 AM
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B.U.F.F. I'm pretty much an ignoramus when it comes to wheels, but given your screen name, I suggest you get some B-52 imagery on your bike.

Welcome to the Forum! Let us know what you end up doing and how it works out. Have fun.
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Old 06-25-22, 06:54 AM
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Serious option, tandem bike wheelset. Should easily work for you.

Also look at a cyclocross or gravel bike instead of pure road bike for tire clearance larger than 28. Almost a road bike in geometry but can fit often 38ís.
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Old 06-26-22, 11:11 AM
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I like the idea of getting gravel bike, the 40 mm wide tires are quite luxurious. I still try to ride light by missing the potholes, rough spots, don't jump curbs or do bunny hops or stand on the pedals if any of these things can't be avoided. As you get more confident with the wheels on the bike, you can start going to some thinner tires and eventually get a second set of wheels. I'm not sure how these wheels will stand up to my weight (200 lbs) since I haven't put too much mileage on them but they have stood up to my riding for the last few months.

If you are bored because your bike is in the shop, then you really need an additional bike. I am constantly working on swapping gear from bike to bike so one of my bikes is normally isn't in riding condition but I normally have a standby bike so I am always able to ride.
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Old 06-26-22, 08:32 PM
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Get a steel gravel bike, use 23-25 internal width rims, 32-36 holes, brass nipples, light purple locktite on the threads, and handbuilt by a solid builder. Ride 38-45mm tires.

The final product should be 22-23lbs. Itíll be a tank. And really really fun.

For perspective, itís about 6lbs heavier than a super light carbon on top or carbon beast that you absolutely will destroy.

So many options on the market but in your position, Iíd probably go for the Surly Disc Trucker people have been mentioning bit most any bike that fits what I just mentioned will be great.
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Old 06-29-22, 12:26 PM
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I ran across this today while looking for somehting else. Keep in mind though, evidently a lot of manufacturers include the bike weight in the total load capacity. https://www.thebikeseat.com/bicycle-load-capacity.html
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