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beater wheels for brick?(9 posts)

beater wheels for brick?sievers11
May 1, 2003 8:35 AM
I am going to be doing a few races in the next couple of months that are on brick and they are notorious for killing wheels. Anyone have any suggestions for some cheap wheels to beat up. I was thinking of getting some 105 hubs and 32 spoke rims to use.

My other wheels are 16 spoke dura ace and ritchey 26 spoke pros. I train on the ritchey's and they are too nice of wheels to destroy on brick.
re: beater wheels for brick?gtx
May 1, 2003 8:58 AM
what do you weigh and what tires are you planning on using? I've used some pretty light wheels on my cross bike but I weigh 140 and was using appropriate tires/inflation for the conditions. I have no experience with the prebuilt wheels you mention but if they're good enough for training they should be fine for hard racing if you select the right tires/inflation. Then again having a third set of bulletproof wheels probably isn't a bad idea, either.
re: beater wheels for brick?sievers11
May 1, 2003 9:10 AM
I weight 150...the shimano dura aces wheels I only use to race on. The ritchey's I train on. Seems to have been a good plan.

I was hoping to figure out a set of 32 hole wheels for major abuse and use 25mm conti 2000s. I would probably start using them for longer training rides and centuries because a 3 cross 32 spoke wheel would be much more comfortable.
re: beater wheels for brick?gtx
May 1, 2003 9:43 AM
I've been riding those exact tires for years (25mm conti 2000s) at 100psi and have had zero wheel issues (I use 'em in the dirt sometimes, too). Contrary to popular belief and marketing hype wheels don't have any compliance in the vertical plane, so 32 spoke wheels shouldn't be any more or less comfortable than your current wheels. Unless you're really paranoid about the Ritcheys I'd probably just use those. At your weight I'd say the Contis at 100-110 psi should keep 'em pretty protected and you pretty comfy.
Bigger tires and a little more air? Just a thought. nmdzrider
May 1, 2003 9:10 AM
Bigger tires and a little more air? Just a thought. nmsievers11
May 1, 2003 9:19 AM
do you think just running 25mm tires will save my training wheels if I use them to race on brick crit?
Can't give you a guarantee but I just changeddzrider
May 1, 2003 11:11 AM
from 700x23 Michelin Axial Pros to 700x25 Vredestein Volantes and I was surprised how much better they insulate my body from the badly winter-beaten CT roads. I don't know how much of the difference is the tire and how much is the size, but the number of hits that rock the frame is reduced greatly.
Sun CR18PaulNYC
May 1, 2003 9:35 AM
I've heard Sun CR18 rims are bullet proof, why not consider Rivendell Ruffy Tuffy tires?
Sun ME14A rims on 32 spoke 105 hubsLC
May 1, 2003 1:58 PM
Lighter, cheaper and just as tough as Open Pro's. I have raced with them on cobble and brick. Added bonus is that you don't have to give any money to the French!