Hey guys, I picked up quite a nice Raleigh roadie the other day from Ebay. I got it, and a freestyle BMX, for about $15, mostly because the guy listed badly. Anyhow, I pick them up, and the Raleigh has been repainted, so there's no telling what bike it was. It has not terribly narrow quick release alloys (Maillard hubs), horizontal dropouts, Cinelli bars, Shimano 105 groupset and a close ratio freewheel. It's very nice, really, just needed a rear brake cable, some bar tape, and clips and straps. Or so it seemed.
I'd pumped the tires up, and they held air, so I thought I'd ride it round from the garage to my garden, and start work on it (it's to give to a friend). I get on, and it feels REALLY wierd and unstable. So I get off and wheel it up there, and on inspection, no fewer than six drive side spokes were broken, at the hub. They were still in position, hence the fact that I hadn't noticed. Looking closely at the wheel, it seems pretty straight, but there is what could be a crack in the rim at one point. What do you think? Worth taking it in for the LBS to work on, or does it sound like a dead issue? I could liberate the front wheel for use on another project, and then look for another set. I'm always short of wheels - kerb finds inevitably have either had their rims bent by kids, or are rusty chrome ones