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road bike 1st time; ready to race!(4 posts)

road bike 1st time; ready to race!trainerjosh
Apr 28, 2003 7:10 PM
I posted last week with concern for my wheelset being durable enough for my needs. I rode the MS 150 this past weekend on a road bike with SPD pedals and shoes, and aerobars. Last year, I rode the same event on a mountain bike with sneakers. NIGHT and DAY.
I finished the ride over three hours faster, I wasn't even that tired at the end (Granted, it was a charity ride and not a race). But I couldn't believe the difference! I'm a 255lb. Clydesdale and I want to ride my road bike all the time now.
My riding partner during the ride though confirmed my concern with the stock wheelset on my new bike, the Jamis Ventura. He said that when I hammered down, the rear wheel flexed so hard laterally that it was bouncing off the brakepads. The rim and spokes are both carbon fiber, so nothing broke, but the rim is pretty out of true. It's only a 24 spoke 2x rear wheel.
Also, during the ride, I sprinted to 31mph and was able to hold 24mph for maybe 1.5-2 miles. How does this rate me as a beginner? My overall average speed was 18 mph, but I was waiting on my partner throughout and feel that I could've held 20, maybe.
My question is, now that I want to do road races, maybe time trials, triathlons, anything I can ride this bike in,:) what is a good wheelset that would combine speed and durability. I'm probably looking at a pricepoint for $300 or less.
I feel like I'm becoming one of you guys now. I'm a roadie!
24 spoke wheels sketchy at your weightKerry
Apr 29, 2003 4:44 PM
I would suggest Chorus/DA, 32 spoke, Velocity Aerohead rims. Available for around $300 from Colorado Cyclist. If you want cheaper, go for the same rim but the next lower hub in the line.
Wanker AlertMR_GRUMPY
Apr 29, 2003 5:40 PM
24 hole wheels?? 250 pounds ????? This guy is pulling your chain.
Velocity Great rimpitt83
Apr 30, 2003 7:01 AM
235lbs and I never have to true the rim. Great clydesdale wheel built 3X with straight spoke on any hub.