DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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Cheapest option is to find some donor wheels used off C/L. But strange noises can usually be fixed, when is the last time bearings and grease were replaced and cones adjusted?
If you are handy, Sheldon Brown has an excellent tutorial on wheel building. I would consider buying new spokes and rebuilding that rear wheel. Rims should be "Weinmann" by the way with Exage hubs.
Niagara sells some decent wheels, with stainless spokes, for $27 each. Be careful with shipping costs.