Hey everyone. I hope you are cool with a noob dropping by with a question.
This fall I gave myself a graduation gift in the form of a new commuter bike (a Marin Fairfax). Eight months later I start losing multiple spokes on my rear wheel despite my best efforts to keep things true. I was perfectly happy to accept the idea that the bike wasn't designed to carry someone of my weight (225 lbs) off the shelf. But, what I wasn't ready for was the people at the bike shop showing me $200 and $300 wheel sets that were "a little" stronger than what I was replacing. Eventually, I paid $90 for a rear wheel with a Mavic CXP22 rim and a Shimano 2200 hub (I think it is this one). But I wasn't exactly filled with confidence that the new wheel would last longer than the 8 months that the first one did.
I would like to hear some suggestions as to what I should do when I blow this next wheel. If this is going to be a recurring expense (please, somebody, tell me it doesn't have to be) I should definitely take advantage of the internet to maximize the strength/$. However, the online stores don't exactly list their offerings by strength. As I mentioned, I'm 225 lbs (and put a lot of oomph on the pedals) and have a commute that is 10 miles round trip. The trip is entirely on paved roads (although the road quality leaves a lot to be desired) and is mostly flat.