I am looking into purchasing a 2006 Novara Randonee in the beautiful green color offered this year. After doing a little checking around and research the only weakness I can find with this bike are the stock wheels. It seems that the spokes tend to break on them periodically on loaded self-supported tours.
Long distance self-supported tours are what I hope to do with this bike and my mechanical skills are not that good. Can you give me advice on getting some bullet-proof wheels built up such as rims, hubs, spokes or whatever else you can think of?
Changing a spoke is something I have never done and intimidates me. Can I get away without learning to do this? The idea of me being stranded in the middle of nowhere doesn't sound very fun either.