Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Pflugerville, TX
Bikes: Early 1990 Trek 950 MTB and Centurian LeMans Road (new to me!)
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I took my wheel to Performance Bikes (they were only ones open at the late time of day) for them to replace 2 spokes that had broken (I'm a heavy rider). Bike is a mid 80s Centruian LeMans and everything appears to be orginal equipment that's in good shape. Well, they could not fix the wheel right then and there so I left it for them to work on it later. When I returned to pick it up, there was a note saying that the wheel was 'trashed' sorry.
I had to call back the next day to talk to the mechanic, and he said that the wheel it to old to fix. Which, does not really seem right to me. Wheel appears to be in good shape, and the only thing was it was out of true left to right due to the 2 broken spokes. I asked if the wheel could be rebuilt, and he said no. Does that sound right? Can a wheel that appears to be in good shape not be usable any more? Or, is the mechanic just not that good or taking the easy way out since the wheel is old and he's 'very busy' so does not want to take the time to fix it right?
Right now, I'm thinking about taking the wheel to a different bike shop and get a second opinon before I buy a new wheel set. Granted, rebuilding a old wheel might not be the most cost effective route but it's probably cheaper then a new wheel.