Saturday, July 22, 2006

25.1 miles around Manhattan

Got new wheels today - Xero Lite XR4's, they seem to say. They look sleek and powerful :-). Spokes kept breaking on the old wheels, and the folks at Chelsea Bicycle told me my rim was cracked. They warned of dire consequences if I kept riding on it, even just a bit.

Bought the new wheels at Imbert's Master Bike. He felt the little cracks in the rim weren't a big deal as the wheel felt fine, and that it wouldn't be a problem to keep riding on them, though he suggested that the spokes would keep falling out and that the new wheels would be nicer. Does his comfort with the cracked rim sound reasonable?

Tonight, Bearette had a birthday party! We had pizza with friends and then headed over to QT for drinks and swimming, though their beautiful pool was closed - the boiler was broken. She received many nice books as gifts.


Blogger Mike said...

Whoa, any cracks in a rim are when the alarm bells go off. If it's visible, it's at least 10 times worse in the metal. Once a rim has a crack, toss it. It has the potential to disintegrate during a ride, usually at high speed or in a turn. Basically the strutural integrity is compromised once a crack appears.

Glad to hear you have a new set of wheels. Is there a website for the manufacturer? I'm always curious about wheels and the different approaches to their construction. Enjoy and be careful.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Capybaras United said...

The wheel manufacturer's website is at; the product sheet for the XR-4's is at:

Do they look decent?

Disturbing that he was nonchalant about the cracks in the rim, even though I had a lot of trouble finding them.

12:22 PM  

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