Down to the LBS today to drop in a couple of wheels for trueing. Not mine I hasten to add but from people that know I understand bikes.
First one is a rear wheel off an old Tourer. 7 speed freewheel 700C wheel but Noname hub and an Arraya rim. Boy did it feel heavy in comparison to mine. This rim was well and truly out. Hit a pothole apparantly and it just went. No wonder the rim went as the spokes are as limp as wet spaghetti. I asked a few questions of the rider and he has had the bike in the family for 15 years or so and has just inherited it. It may be 15 years old but seeing the lack of wear on the tyre- I doubt it has done 1,000 miles. It is retruable but I had a lecture from the wheel builder about getting wheels checked on a frequent basis. Not even my wheel but he made the point that a wheel sitting on the wall or on a bike for a couple of years will lose tension in the spokes. Try and ride it and you are asking for trouble. So just a warning to those of you that buy secondhand bikes--Before riding too much -- get the wheels retrued and the spokes retensioned.
Second one is on My Son-in-laws bike.----AGAIN. He commutes 20 miles a day at Time trial speed. He is a bit on the heavy side and has powerfull legs. Once again he has "Bent" a spoke on the rear wheel. This wheel was only trued a couple of weeks ago so it is was not a "Duff" wheel to start with. Except it is not just a "Bent" spoke- It is a cracked rim.
These are the OM wheels and it will not be worth rebuilding. The Hub is just a cheap one and at the cost of a new rim and rebuild- I know I can get a better wheel for just a little more money online. Well no need as I got a good deal from the LBS on a Mavic Aksium that I know is indestructable.
So moral on this is to look at the rebuild costs before a major wheel re-build. With cheap online prices it may be cheaper to buy a new wheel than rebuild.