So... the guy who never broke a spoke in his life until about 3 weeks ago had catastrophic wheel failure this afternoon. Making a turn at about 20-22 mph, I had at least two spokes break, my real tire puncture, and my bike do a mean impression of one of those bucking broncos you see in the rodeo.
Thankfully, I'm okay. I was riding on a trail through Hershey farmland and was able to bail into a nice soft grassy ditch. Unfortunately, it meant a 3 mile hike with bike in tow to the nearest bike shop. Upon reaching said shop, I explained my situation and asked for help getting the spokes replaced. I told them I had a spare tube and could handle that part myself, if they were busy. They told me they were too busy to help me out. I reiterated the situation and explained that I had no other means to get home by and that fixing a few spokes shouldn't take THAT much time out of their busy schedules. I mean - it is generally a "while you wait" kind of repair, isn't it? Well they just shrugged. I thought for a moment about making use of a nearby wrench as "incentive" but just decided to impart some choice words before throwing my disabled steed back over my shoulder and hiking the remaining distance home.
I'm pissed. This shop has screwed me over enough times by not fulfilling their promises of meeting deadlines (i.e. - when I needed a tuneup prior to a race and gave them over a week and still didn't get it done in time), they also dropped my bike in the shop and didn't tell me. I discovered that the plastic casing on one of my SRAM shifters was cracked when I got it home the first time. Unfortunately, I don't have any proof, but it wasn't broken when I took it in there. But now I'm just pissed. How do you turn away a customer in need like that?
Anyhow - can anyone help me figure out two things? 1) What the hell happened that would cause a failure like this? and 2) How do I fix it?
I really should just learn all I can about bike maintenance and ditch the middle man.