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Carlo Mason (Phacetious Plebbe)
Works at Office of the D.P.P., Turks and Caicos Islands
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Hello all, an infrequent poster here. I find myself with a predicament. I ride for the sake of exercise but I have moved to a country where there is little riding going on and a lot of sodium content in the air. As such, my bicycle corrodes. I believe that this is why my brake and shift lever now has stopped working properly.

I was thinking about converting my road bike to a fixed gear. Truth is that I don't know enough about bikes to appreciate how the math is to be worked out in doing such a conversion. Do any of you good people have suggestions?

I have a Trek (not even sure what model, it was secondhand). If I get more specs I will update this post. Thanks. 
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You can also get stainless steel cabling and plastic-lined cable housing, which should help with the corrosion issues.
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Woke up this morning ready to ride, only to encounter what you see in the photos. Four spokes broken, my kids don't know how it happened. What could have caused this? Could it be high sodium content in the air, which Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos is known for? Or would someone have to bump into my wheel? Or might they have been deteriorating for a while and I just got lucky I wasn't riding when it happened?

Any thoughts?
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It certainly is corrosion. All the spokes are rusted out. You can see in the last picture that a spoke is busted out near the hub.
Looks like you need to up your maintenance game to combat that salty air. You should check your brake lines btw; if your spokes are that bad your brake cables may not be fairing so well either.
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In the evening this is what Grand Turk looks like. If you notice, there is white foam on the water's edge. That is actually excess salt that forms when there is some evaporation of the water. The salt content here is excessively high here.

Bottom line: if you come to ride here in Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, PLEASE hydrate!!

Season's Greetings to you from the beautiful island of Grand Turk!!!!!
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Lovely skies! That water looks quite high - is it normally like that?
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Just got home and giving thanks I am in one piece. 
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Folks, I am in need of some advice. I live in the TCI and unfortunately there is high sodium content in the air. It is almost one huge sand bar, with limestone mixed in. If breeze blows, it is salty.

My wheels have now corroded, with spokes now snapped and my bicycle now unused (and my belly getting bigger by the day!). I know about hybrid wheels but don't have any experience with them. My bike is a Trek but I figure hybrid wheels can work.

Any recommendations? What if any brands are worth looking at, and what sort of money do I have to budget for?

Hope you all out there can help. 
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Myself and many of my guys ride on Spinergy wheels with PBO spokes. They're not metal spokes, but a composite aero bladed spoke with 30,000 Kevlar like fibers.

The ride is not as harsh as common spoked wheels. They are many times stronger, and 4 times lighter than metal spokes. They use a carbon rim, either tubular or clincher. Here is more info on the 700c road wheels.

We ride in Florida and have the same corrosion concerns as you mentioned. These wheels are very light and fast. They can be ordered with 7 spoke and decal colors. 

I'm retired and encourage biking for enjoyment and health. A few years ago I became a Spinergy dealer to supply great wheels and performance bike parts at the best prices. The discounted prices you may see on the internet are for the older model wheelsets. I can also provide them.

If you have any questions, let me know.


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Live conch in the Turks and Caicos Islands...Grand Turk, to be specific. Taken with the Tour Operators at Funtastic Tours LTD. 
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Originally from Jamaica but now living in Turks and Caicos Islands as a Criminal Prosecutor, I have been an attorney for 17+ years, called to both the Jamaican and Belizean Bars. I love God, I love my wife too, I do not drink, in that order. My time as an attorney has seen me involved in criminal prosecution, Family and Real Estate law, International Financial Services law, and now a return to the first of those darlings, criminal prosecution

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