I was about to replace the rear brake pads on my 5 year old Dahon Mu P8 and noticed that the rim would touch the pad at one spot. Upon further examination, I saw that a spoke had broken at its head? (the part that connects to the hub). The bike probably has a few thousand miles on it and I am a relatively light rider at about 145# / 66kg. Unfortunately, I have no idea how long it’s been broken or how many miles I’ve been riding on it which leads me to my next question:
Should I just have my LBS replace the spoke? How do I know if the wheel is still good?
If I need a new wheel, I see that I can just buy a new Kinetix Comp rear wheel for around $100 and just install my existing cassette on it. Alternatively, should I use the opportunity to get something completely different built for me (different rim, hub, spokes, etc…)? Does anyone have any recommendations?