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Originally Posted by Mt.Hoodlum
dang. yah i have never built one before. so does the $100 sound ok for that or should i call around some more?
For $100 make sure you arer getting a double walled rim (you can tell because the spoke nipple heads seem to be dwn inside a well when you look at the top part usually covered by the tire) and stainless steel spokes (you probably have to take the shop guys word on this) with a casette hub (freewheel mechanism built into the hub, not threaded on separate). Then yeah, it's not unreasonable.
However, most pre-built wheels are machine built and the spokes are poorly/unevenly tensioned and/or not properly stress relieved, meaning you might experience loose and broken spokes after about a season (or less) of riding.
See if they shop can hand-stress-relieve and re-true the wheels before you take them. It would not be unreasonable for them to ask for a little extra $$ (like $10 or $15 max) to do this, and ask if there is any warranty on the spokes (this might sound weird to some, but there is no way a spoke should break on a wheel that is less than a year old unless it was not properly built, or the derailleur is maladjusted).
Generally the pre-built wheels are not a bad deal, though.
If I were you I would keep the old wheel and relace it with new spokes and hub when I got the chance. That way if this happens again you just need to swap over the tube/tire/rmistrip and casette and you are rolling again.
Also, toe-clips and straps are death traps
... clipless (clip-in) pedals and shoes are much safer when you get used to them.