2014 Ride #33 (Broken Spoke)

Dunno if it’s bad karma for not riding on Saturday, or just bad luck, but I was feeling pretty decent and was all ready to climb Emigration, when PING! Broke a spoke in the rear, and had to pull the plug. Was hoping it would be a relatively simple fix, so opened the brake fully and headed over to Beehive … but as is typical with aftermarket wheels these days, there’s some proprietary stuff going on which makes it NOT an easy fix. Had to pull the rear brake completely off the bike in order to make it home and the wheels was still flapping back and forth rubbing the inside chainstays.

Frustrating, to say the least. Really aggravated about the whole situation, and trying to figure out what to do next. Most of my wheels are Campy, but the bike is currently built up with SRAM. Might buy a couple Fulcrum freehub conversions to swap the wheels from Campy to Shimano/SRAM compatible, or may try to have the existing wheels torn down and rebuilt with new spokes … but more likely will be looking at buying a new set of wheels; an expense I’d rather not have … but the anticipated tax refund at least means that it is conceivable.

Time to start shopping to see what’s out there …

Current weight: 209.8 lbs (95.2 kg).
2014 mileage: 655.8 miles (1055.42 km).