Hello I have a 2017 Norco Yorkville. I was breaking rear spokes so bought a better rim with tougher spokes. Now my suspension seat post is wobbling. What else can I upgrade on the bike for a 300 pound plus load? I could trade up to the next level bike but prefer to stay with this one.

From Norco website.

Aluminium 7005 frame, 21 speed (3x7) with rim-brakes and suspension seat post. https://www.norco.com/bikes/city/hybrids/yorkville/yorkville/ With a MSRP of $369 USD its above a BSO, but still an entry-level model.

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    It really depends what parts are close to their limits. Wheel has shown that by breaking spokes.
    – Criggie
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 20:54
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    I've just added a stock photo of this model. If this is not your bike please use edit.
    – Criggie
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 20:55
  • Thanks Criggle,I am an older rider. This is the first new bike I have bought in fifty years.I thought the bike was better than an entry level model because I didn't know prices very well. Where I live there are a lot of potholes. I can't do the bunny hop either because of my back. I want this bike to last me ten years. Another sign certain parts are at their limits is my suspension seat post wobbles even though everything is tight. If I have to I will trade this one in on a better bike.
    – Kevin Rowe
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 21:32
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    It should be a fairly decent bike -- not ideal for someone your weight, but not bad for the price. 32-spoke wheels are about as good as you can do anymore, short of getting them custom-built, and suspension posts will tend to go soft fairly rapidly. I'd ride it until it starts having more serious problems, then buy something slightly more substantial. Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 23:43
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    Replace the suspension post with a fixed post, as @Criggie notes. Then get a sprung saddle -- either a Brooks if you're rich or at least one with springs. Avoid the overcushioned ones sold at Walmart/bigbox stores. Too much cushioning is actually harder on the butt. However, springs are good.
    – RoboKaren
    Commented Dec 24, 2017 at 20:54

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One solution for getting the load off the bike is to tow it in a trailer.

This would be overkill if you're carting around a waterbottle and a pocket of keys, but if you're loading the bike with 20+ kilos (44+ pounds) of stuff then moving it to its own axle could help.

Downside, trailers aren't cheap, and they will slow you down while riding.

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