I am really starting to consider throwing in the "road cycling" thing.
12 months ago I bought myself a Giant Defy 2 roadie as a means to start myself off on the "road cycling" adventure, I had for the previous 2 - 3 years been ridng around on my mountain bike without hassle. Obviously budget constraints etc kept my options limited to what i purchased but I was happy with the Defy. In January I did both the RLC and MCCT and thoroughly enjoyed both (did the full RLC but only the 110km option of the MCCT). I then progressed to the Bike SA Grand Slams whilst also commuting to work.
On the 2nd Grand Slam my problems started. Now, for those that know me, I'm not the lightest rider, I currently weigh somewhere near 120kg (a slight improvement on what I used to be though!). During the first leg of the 2nd GS I broke a spoke on my rear wheel and whilst riding carefully to try and get back to the start point the wheel continued to get worse. I decided to stop and call for a pick up. End of Grand Slam 2. Dropped wheel into LBS to be fixed and had no problems for the next couple of months or so.
Lately, it seems that I'm dropping the wheel in every 2nd week to be retrued. This has been happening for the past 2 months or so. About 3 weeks ago I busted 2 more spokes. The LBS checked the rim and it is still OK - not fatigued or anything so they respoked the whole wheel for me. Come yesterday, I was checking the bike ready to ride to work and what do I discover - another broken spoke!! Off again to the LBS to get the thing fixed yet again, seriously thinking of putting the bike on eBay or similar when I get the wheel back.
Whilst at the LBS the mechanic suggested getting better wheels. Obviously I only got stock standard budget wheels on the bike when I purchased it. The mechanic has virtually guaranteed that I wont have the problems that I currently have with the DA22 Alexrims wheels. The only problem is the budget - I dont have the spare cash to throw around willy nilly, particularly this close to Xmas. The LBS will knock $100 off the retail price for a set of new Token (i think thats how its spelt) wheels which will bring the price to around $400.
Oh my - decisions, decisions........