I'm trying to learn how to repair my own bike but I'm just at the beginning.
The problem I have at present is that the roads round here are in a bad state and my wheels keep getting buckled. Last time I had a spare pair of wheels and just got the guy in the shop to fit them, but 2 weeks later now they are buckled too.
I'm out of spare wheels and new ones look really expensive as well as having to pay to have them fitted each time. I've been reading up online about wheel-building and found some good videos on Youtube. I always thought a wheel was a wheel and you just bought it as a whole part, but it seems that it's actually made up of rims/spokes & hubs and can be re-built by hand.
So my question is this; I have a buckled rear wheel. There are no cracks or breaks in the metal of the rim. If I get new spokes will it be possible to make a true wheel out of this again? I don't want to fork out for the spokes only to find out the rims cant be reused as I need them custom cut to length. Is there any test I can do on the rims first to make sure they are suitable?
Any advice appreciated.