About 3 weeks ago (with only about 60 miles on the bike) my rear wheel went badly out of true and before I'd realized it, I wore a hole in my tire, causing a huge blowout. LBS trued the wheel (no charge - they do free lifetime service), I bought a new tire, and went on my way.
(It's totally irrelevant, except that it's frustrating, but TWO weeks ago it was in the shop for 4 days to tighten up my bottom bracket, which had come loose).
Today, a little less than 100 miles later, I broke a spoke on the rear wheel. It took me about half a mile to figure out what had happened, so the tire is worn, and will have to be replaced as well.
I'd really rather not have to deal with this every 50-100 miles (or once a week, with the mileage I've finally worked up to!)! So I'm wondering 1) what, if anything, do I get upgraded, and 2) what sort of warranty coverage should I expect or ask for from my LBS? They're really nice, and know a lot about road biking and hard-core mountain biking, but I've gotten the impression they're not very knowledgeable about building a bike for someone my size. I don't want to be too demanding, but I also don't want to pay for stuff I shouldn't have to.
I ride a Raleigh Venture 4.0 (2006) with:
- Spokes: 14g stainless steel
- Hubset: Shimano RM30 QR 36h
- Rims: Alex R1000 36h
The spoke broke at the hub, and I wasn't doing anything extreme - just doing an easy warm-up @ about 10 mph on flat-ish asphalt. I'm heavy - 380 lbs/5'11" - but I don't ride real hard. Mostly spinning along @ 12-14 mph on flats, crawling up hills @ 7mph (or flying down them with very little effort). My tires take a max 65 psi, which is what I inflate them to before almost every ride (and I did so today). I'm not sure of the tire width, but they're not skinny road tires.
I just read through bdinger's "Should I throw away my #$%#$ bike?!" thread - but I don't know if my bike will take the Deep V's (or if they're appropriate), or what from that thread applies here.
Advice is very appreciated!
(I'm posting this same question in the mechanics forum)