I am a big dude, I weigh 250 lbs, and I kill bikes.
The best thing I have found so far is putting 12 gauge spokes on my Mt. Bike, which has reduced the number of spoke I break monthly.
I have a Cannodale Adventure 5, and I destroyed the rear wheel in February. Anyhow, it had 700c wheels, and I want to replace the 700c wheel with another, but with 12 gauge spokes.
I've been to 2 bike shops, and they seem confused, asking questions like
- how did it break,
- how many spokes do I break in a year?
- do I have them fixed?
- why do things wear out so fast for me?
... which all comes back to being a big dude putting loads of miles on a bike.
They want to know more pertinent things too, like freewheel or cassette, and type of rim. Which the answer is I don't think I care. Then they ask other questions like what the wheel spacing is, and I have no idea what that even means.
So, what details do I need to be able to replace a wheel for a frame which I do not have the original wheel to?
What details should I consider to get a sturdy wheel for someone of my girth?