Originally Posted by crassius
I don't weigh enough to have problems with 14ga, but I can throw a set of 12s into a wheel in about an hour (which could have been 1/2 hour back when I was much younger) - seems a shame to spend for a whole new wheel.
The issue for me is Im a tad over 200lbs and I literally ride miles and miles of very rough dirt roads.
If 8 was riding pavement only, most likely I wouldnt have had the issues on this bike, but when I at a 40+mph clip and I hit those chug holes and deep rub board areas in the road it puts a razy amount of stress on the entire bike, I have springer front forks that absorb a good bit of the punishment up front, but the rear wheel really take a pounding.
My Huffy Karaoke bike has never had an issue since 2010 with the stock steel wheel and 12ga spokes qnd it has at least twice the miles on it as the Kulana bike that will be on its 4th rear wheel when 8 get the current one replaced.
Ive though5 seriously about just getting a set of spokes and lacing one of these wheels up myself, but Ive never laced a bicycle wheel and actually only laced one dirt bike wheel wa6 back when I was about 15 or 16 when my brother broke some spokes on his old 1980 Suzuki DS100 when we were kids, we completely relaced that wheel got it just a tad less than perfectly true.
My main issue is time, I just dont have time to lace wheels right now since it would probably take me a good long while to get it done.