So in about a year and 1300 miles I've broken 2 rear drive side spokes on my Novara Randonee commuting to work. It's a Tiagra hub laced with 36 straight gauge spokes to a Mavic A319 hoop. I figure I should rebuild it, as I'm out of spare spokes now, and perhaps 2 broken spokes so soon points to a less-than-stellar build.
So I've got a stand, and am ordering a tensiometer. I'm looking to order the spokes, and find that my choices are straight 14ga, or 14/15/14 double butted.
I've read lost of threads extolling the virtues of DB spokes, will they really be stronger in my application? (Touring bike, 220# rider, carrying about 15# in bags on the rear rack)
Thanks in advance