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Looking for a good strong wheelset in Orlando...

Old 09-07-04, 02:37 PM
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Looking for a good strong wheelset in Orlando...

Hi,
I am new to this forum and after looking through the posts and not being able to find anything similar, I was hoping that someone might have some idea's they might share. I have a Raleigh Internation with stock components that I haven't ridden in about a year. When I was ridding it before, I weighed 240 lbs at less than 10% body fat and I used it to work cardio into my daily workouts by commuting with it two and from school and then ride to the gym at noon between classes to go workout. I guess you can say I was into body building, but I never looked to compete or anything, just to keep myself out of trouble. About two years ago, I graduated and took an Office Job... the workouts gradually ended and and the lunch meetings at restaurants started. When I weighed 240 lbs, the wheels seemed to do ok (I could noticed they flexed a little when I sprinted), though I had to add air to my tires all the time. I am looking to start ridding my bike again, but I have a feeling my stock wheels won't handle 6'2" 320 lbs of me on them, so I am looking for a good strong wheelset to have made. What I am looking for is a strong wheelset I can use to train every day until I get down to a normal body fat percentage of about 9%. I would preffer to have a local builder make a set for me, so if anyone can recommend on here in Orlando, I would appreciate it it. But if not, I wouldn't mind using someone further away. Also, what are good choices in rims spokes and hubs? Anything I else should take into consideration? I really appreciate any help and I hope to become a regular on these forums since I think I am going to make cycling my main obsession (body building got kind of old) and maybe even try to compete later on.

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Frank Perez
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Old 09-07-04, 02:45 PM
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I forgot: Any recommendations on tires?

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Mavic Open Pros with 36-spokes. Lots of folks with lots of tire suggestions. I like Continentals. Sport 1000 is good, cheap, and hold up fairly well. Grand Prixs are pricier but a nicer.
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Frank -- he isn't exactly local to Orlando (he's in New Hampshire), but Peter White guarantees his wheels against spoke breakage, assuming you use what he recommends for you. I have a set of his wheels; far too few miles on them to really know how sturdy they are, but they aren't pinging the way most wheels do as the spokes settle in.

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/wheels.asp
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Go to Orange Cycle on Edgewater in College Park. The have one of the best bike shops anywhere. The owner is "hands on". They will give you the best advice of anyone! Enjoy riding.
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