I heard an unusual noise coming from what I thought was my rear hub the past couple weeks while doing some climbing. I heard it on the 100 mile ride in Chattanooga two weeks ago and again this past weekend while doing all the climbing on the Mt Mitchell ride. My LBS is very good at stuff like that so I asked them to take a look at it.
It appears the noise is coming from a cracked rim. The cracks extend radially along rim from the spoke hole towards the adjacent spoke holes. The rim looks to be about ready to give way about any time now. I sure amd glad I took it over to them and even happier they found it. I'm also very thankful the wheel didn't "give way" on me while doing some of the curvy, fast descents I've been doing the last several weeks. That could have been ugly. Thank goodness I didn't ignore the noise-I knew it just didn't sound right........
I don't think I would have spotted the cracks even if I had looked closely. The wheel is just old enough to be out of warranty. However it was just my luck that they had a new rim in the same model they can use to build me up a wheel-and they're just charging some labor for building it up. I wonder if the referrals I've been sending them lately that lead to bike sales helped out a little.
I sure hope my LBS guys like doughnuts cause they're going to get a dozen when I pick the bike back up this Friday. When you find a good mechanic-bike or auto you need to keep 'em happy!!