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dkoloko -- By the way 35s fit on the Open Sport/MA2. My bike came with Avocet Cross inverted tread 700 x 35s, and I have run Conti touring 700 x35 also with no issue. It's a size bigger than recommended, but works fine (I did the Pacific Coast with Contis).
I have a 15 year old Randonee that came with Mavic MA2 rims. The rear needs replacement now
So now the question - Do I just get a new Mavic (now Open Sport) and spokes and call it a day, or do I replace both rims? The reason I ask is that if I am going to do both, I'll switch to A 319s.
I have examined the front rim, and there are none of the micro-cracks Mavic rims are known to develop, but I can feel i slight ridge near the lip, indicating that there is noticable wear on the breaking surfaces. The wheel has been fine, with only minor truing over 15 years and about 25,000 miles, but is that the point of wear out?
So - Those of you with lots of experience:
The MA2s did fine on a loaded Portland to SF trip 15 years ago, but should I really consider stouter wheels for the TransAM? That would tip me to replace both.
Or should I just replace the rear rim?
The west coast is, frankly, a lot more scenic and interesting than Florida. If you could do a trip there between Labor Day and mid-October you should have a fine, if physically demanding, tour. This would avoid the summer crowds and the winter storms.
DK: Irene was late August of 2011. Sandy was October of last year.
First question if you can get over the pass in Glacier Nat. Park if you follow Going to the Sun Rd. As to the East, I rode Northern Tier New England section in Oct. I encountered torrential rain, hail, snow flurries, hurricane winds, and temperatures down to the 20s.
Was that due to Hurricane Sandy, which is not the norm?
If it were me, I would invest in a mountain bike compact triple crank set and the tools to do the job. It sounds like the crank would be more that you want to budget, but the tools could be cheaper than what the dealer would charge you to do things.
Why are you advising the author to throw money in the toilet? Your advice is very expensive compared to changing the chain rings. The mountain bike triple you recommend can get down to a 22 tooth inner ring. He currently has a road triple crankset with 130mm bcd for the outer and middle positions and 74mm bcd for the inner ring. He can put a 24 tooth ring on his current crankset. There is so little difference between a 22 and 24 inner ring that its not worth talking about.
On a compact triple, aluminum generally is not strong enough for the small chain ring.