Hello everyone. I just joined today. I'm about 350 lbs and I've been riding my bike for the last three summers.....till it breaks and I'm too broke/lazy to get it fixed. I ride to work, which used to be about 10 miles round trip. Now its about 15 miles round trip.
My main problem: spokes.
I've looked around the forum real quick and see that everyone says that a tension issue, not a weight issue. I guess I just want to make sure that's all it is. I keep taking it to the shop to get them fixed and they eventually break. The reason I'm so upset now is I got them fixed last week, and rode for two days (about 31 miles total), and I have one broken spoke in front and 6 or 7 in back. I've been to this shop before and usually get a few months out of their repairs, but two days? I'm afraid to take it back because one, will they fix it properly this time? Two, I can't afford to fix my bike every week. And lastly, I don't have time to go to the shop, I work whenever they're open.
I'm considering doing the repairs myself from now on. I'm wondering if I should save up and just buy new wheels (I replaced the rear wheel last year, the front is stock, but I plan on replacing it at some point, I'm just spending so much money on the back wheel, lol) or if just replacing the spokes is alright? And if replacing them is OK, then are there stronger spokes? And where do can I buy them? Thanks in advance for your help and advice.