I live in a large apartment building that has a communal storage room for bikes. Conditions are not ideal to say the least. Tenants are not allowed to take bikes up to their apartments due to fire code. The bike room has 2-level racks, which require bikes to be stored in close proximity. My bike is large enough that it takes quite a bit of coaxing to get it in and out every time. I'll get to the point...Last night I locked up my bike in the room, and left it in perfect condition. The rear wheel had just been trued, and tire pressure was known to be correct. Today, I went down for a ride only to find the rear tube had exploded. There was a huge gash down the side of the tube, and the tire had almost come completely dislodged from the wheel. Eventually, I find out that the wheel is also considerably bent.
I have no explanation for what happened other than vandalism. Does anyone else have ideas?
Finally, a LeMond that I will love dearly is on its way, and I am very hesitant about keeping this bike under such conditions. Do I have any options here?
TIA for the help,