So, why do I keep doing this? It seems I'm a rough rider, a "masher," as Jeff the bike shop owner in Rapid City said. This is opposed to a "spinner" - I tend to ride the harder gears at a slower cadence to leverage more power from my relatively small frame. This has been the best way to keep up with the relatively larger frame on the bike (usually) ahead of me. An unfortunate side effect of all.this mashing is that I rock my weighted down bike from side to side and create a lot of extra force - and there go the spokes. I tried to blame this on the quality of my wheel. "This is an incredibly strong piece of equipment," he said.
"Well, I'm incredibly stronger," I said.
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