Riding with my cycling buddies a few days ago, one of us had the misfortune to experience a rear wheel spoke breakage. We trued the wheel as best we could and were able to continue. Someone advised that the machine should be kept in a low gear for the rest of the trip to "prevent the damaged wheel from being strained more than necessary". Is this correct? Surely selecting a gear as high as possible would minimize the "strain" on the rear wheel? When I suggested this though my idea was met with hoots of derision. "Imagine the strain involved in setting off in top gear, you'd have to stand on the pedals etc, etc" they said. So I kept my counsel to myself from then on! I find myself doing this quite often; there seems to be quite a lot of "lore" in cycling IMHO! Anyone got any thoughts on this?