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Just got some Hed Alps! Now what do I do with them? :-)(4 posts)

Just got some Hed Alps! Now what do I do with them? :-)sprocket rocket
Nov 18, 2002 2:58 PM
I got a very sweet deal on a used set but I do not race anymore. Maybe this will motivate me to get back in the fray (almost 38 though).

I do a nineteen mile loop everyday (more or less) over fairly mild roads with about 2100' of altitude gain. Can these wheels be used on a daily basis or am I going to shred them? I have my Ritchey WCS wheels for the weekend long hauls and centuries.

I have never used composite wheels or ti spokes and am not sure how sturdy they are. I weigh 170 btw.
Ride them everyday, then report back to us! (nm)mja
Nov 19, 2002 5:31 AM
I'm looking at the Alps, too, as daily riders.
re: Just got some Hed Alps! Now what do I do with them? :-)jw25
Nov 19, 2002 12:15 PM
Well, throw some tires on there and ride them. Sheesh.
Oh, and 38's not unheard of for racing. In fact, around here there's a bunch of masters and veteran racers. Being a fairly young buck (27), I pay attention when they speak, and have picked up some valuable wisdom.
So, get out there and get some miles on the wheels - wish I had the coin for carbon wheels, but racing road and mountain, it goes fast. I'm betting you'll like them, especially for the climbing. I wouldn't worry too much about the carbon rim, though braking can be different - not bad, just different. Ti spokes should also be reliable, though they need higher tension than steel to last. THese are prebuilts, so they should be fine.
Enjoy.
HED Alps = Time TrialAkirasho
Nov 19, 2002 12:59 PM
Federal law requires that you time trial at least once a month during the season for as long as you own these wheels... in the race of truth, age is not a factor...

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.