I started riding a couple of months ago. Always on bitumen or concrete on an old mongoose hybrid I was given. I am doing about 60km a week and I want to do the 9km commute to work regularly.
My tire went flat and I noticed that the sidewall was torn. My wife noticed that one of my spokes was broken and the broken spoke is near where the sidewall is torn so I am thinking they might be related. I went to bike shop A where I purchased the wheel a month ago and they wouldn't fix the wheel under warranty and wanted me to pay for spoke + labour. Should they fix a broken spoke under warranty?
So I went to bike shop B. They quoted a price a little more than shop A (around $80) and I asked if it's likley to happen again and he said that the larger 700c wheels aren't as strong as the smaller mountain bike ones and I should consider getting a mountain bike with smooth tires. He showed me one for $400. I think it was this one: http://www.avantibikes.com/sport-mtb...1.aspx?bid=332
So, I can get my hybrid fixed for $80ish + I need a new saddle soon. Or I can get a mountain bike from them for $400 and possibly sell my broken hybrid. Or I can ride my old KMart mountain bike until it dies. Or there are probably about 1000 other options.
What do you think?