HI I have a 1998 Jamis Aurora which is a touring frame I believe (has rack mounts front and back) and is a 21 speed with 7 speed RSX components. It is all stock and relatively low mileage. A forum member told me the wheels are : 36H Sun CR-18, 14G straight gauge spokes, and the hubs I see are Shimano RSX.
When I got the bike close to a year ago the rear wheel was not true. My trusty mechanic trued it, and then immediately when i rode it again it got untrue again. He gave it another shot and it has stayed true. I've put maybe 600 miles on the bike since then (I have some other bikes). No problems with the wheels up to today.
I have new Panaracer Pasela Tourguard 32cm tires on the bike and I really like them. Before then i had cheap CST Czar 25mm and I had to stop using the tires because i was getting flats.
I weigh 180. I often carry as much as 12lbs (bag and contents) in a messenger bag (laptop). I plan on getting racks on this bike and using it as a commuter and maybe 1 night bike camping eventually etc.
Today I had an unfortunate incident with a curb and all the weight of the bike and me landed on the rear wheel. No damage at all to the bike or the front wheel. The rear rim is out of true. I suspect my mechanic will tell me he can't fix it by adjusting spoke tension or whatever else he can do to true a wheel or doesnt recommend trying to fix it (but i could be wrong).
My question is- assuming the rim is now bad, and considering my intended use of the bike, and the front wheel (which is in good condition), and the rear wheel RSX hub is in good condition, what should i do now re the rear wheel? Should i have my mechanic relace the hub to a new rim?
What would be a good choice of rim?
Should i get a new or new used wheel because maybe it is more cost efficient or maybe i should take the oppty to get a better or different hub? (I dont know anything about wheels or hubs or rims.)
I see a lot of used Alex wheels for sale on craigslist etc. Some are used, some are new condition but takeoffs. I also see online that Alex wheels dont get good reviews generally, so I am thinking i should pass on all the deals for Alex wheels I come across. (I was offered a used good condition Alex wheelset today for $80 by someone selling them on a street with other used goods. 3 weeks ago my mechanic had a pair of new Alex wheel takeoffs from a Specialized Alleze for $200.)