We've had an intermittent sound coming from the rear wheel. Tried several things to clear it up with no luck. So, brought the wheel into LBS and asked "could it be the sealed bearings?" They said the would take a look at and let me know. Couple days later I get a call saying that they are not sure on the noise but they did find three cracks in the rim. After discussing some options I opted to just replace the wheel. Fixes the rim and takes care of the maybe on the noise, from the wheel at least.
Problem is the new wheel came in with black spokes instead of the silver that would match the front.
1 - Have them rebuild the wheel with the silver spokes
2 - Replace the front wheel while I'm at it and get black spokes on that
My first thought is option 1 and done. Second thought is a bit more, well maybe second guessing.
So here are my questions:
1 - How does care/maintenance of black spokes differ from silver? If silver get looking bad steel wool makes em look good. Probably not a good idea on black spokes
2 - If the back wheel has worn out, should I be expecting the front to go the same way soon?