Bike: 1983 Bianchi Alloro. Possibly/probably original wheel set: Campy Record hubs, Mavic hoops. I know for a fact nothing has been changed in the last 4,300 miles. The bike sat for a long time before i got it in '99, so it's probable that it's all original. The hoops do not have any brake groove. There is a noticable seem under the Mavic sticker... not sure whether that is "seam" or "crack". I need to look into that.
Cliffs: Snapped a spoke mid sprint, possibly as I went over a bump, but bump didn't seem that bad. The wheel was pulled WAY out of true.
1: Replace one spoke, call it good.
2: Replace one spoke, and ride it while looking into upgrade to a new age set of wheels... Bike is slowly losing it's "dated" look anyways.
3: Respoke entire wheel, cause they will all start snapping now.
The long version:
Bike hasn't been looked at by a mechanic for over 2,500 miles (no trueing, nothing...just me lubing it). Just after a sprint at the end of a 63mile ride I look down to see a rear wheel that's WAY out of true, barely rideable, but finish the last 1 or 2 miles. Look it over, and the spoke had snapped midway through the curve at the hub end. I'm worried about snapping others earlier in other rides if I only replace this one spoke... I've never sagged, and don't want to . I wouldn't mind a nice new set of wheels.... depending on what i could find clearance priced, versus what it would cost to overhaul the current wheels.
What should I look for as far as future spokes giving out? Would there be cracks in them now? I see some "seems" on the hoops... so I'm gonna clean them up, and basically give everything a look over now. Don't wanna replace spokes just to realize the hoops are near end of life.