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Gear Talk / Re: Salsa Fargo - Lemon of the year!
« on: April 14, 2010, 10:30:41 am »
Sorry for your pain. I just assembled a new Salsa Vaya. It has been working very well for me, but I haven't put any racks on it or tried to carry anything, but your problem did get me to break out my drop-out alignment tools and check. The fork drop-outs were off a little. Now that has stopped raining, I will try it out after work.

Gear Talk / Busted spokes.
« on: May 19, 2008, 04:07:54 pm »
You dont mention your weight. If you are a wide body like me, you probably could use more than the usual 36 (now 32) spoke rear wheels. I eventually went to 48. That may be overkill for someone lighter than me.

Gear Talk / Need a HEAVY duty wheel.
« on: May 19, 2008, 04:04:14 pm »
As a guy who is down to 275 after loosing a considerable amount of weight, I can relate from my experience, that 48 spoke wheels are the way to go. My touring bike has 135 mm rear spacing and I now use Phil Wood hubs and 48 front and rear and I no  longer worry about broken spokes. Several appropriate rims are available. This is probably overkill, but I got tired of broken spokes in the middle of the boondocks. Other less costly hubs are available for those who dont want to spend that kind of money.

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