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Gear Talk / wheels for touring. 250lb rider plus load.
« on: April 07, 2022, 04:11:48 pm »
I'm a heavy guy and i need some wheels for my touring bike.

soma saga
canti rim brakes
135 spacing

Here is what i've been told by various bike shops so far:

machine built wheels are fine
machine built wheels are not fine
32 spoke wheels aren't strong enough
32 spoke wheels are strong enough
Mavic rims are prone to cracking
Mavic rims are not prone to cracking

Not very helpful.

I have a trip in the planning stage with about 100 km of no phone signal and nothing but wilderness so having a wheel fail would be a big problem.

So, can anyone make some recommendations?
Do you think machine wheels are fine, especially if they are re-tensioned with a spoke tension meter?
Who makes reliable rims and distributes in Canada?

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