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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Just got back from a ride. For the third or fourth time this year I have another broken spoke on rear wheel. This is second one inside next to gears. It's annoying and kind of expensive since I don't do own repairs of this type. Is it just from having an old bike or what?

Here's the kind of low end hybrid I ride:
http://www.dawescycles.com/dawes/daw...201-ladies.htm

Mostly ride on streets and asphalt bike paths. Don't treat bike to roughly. It's about ten years old, I've only had for last five. Tires are new. Ride bike an hour or more about 125 times a year for the last three years. I'm 5'10", about 170 lbs, old and pretty slow and basically a cycling greenhorn.
post #2 of 10
Wheels are a wear item. Every time a wheel rotates the spokes are streched and relaxed.

It's a good bike for what you discribe. Buy a new rear wheel, or even buy a new set of wheels if your happy with the bike. A good wheelset is about $120 to $200. Something like this will work if you have 135mm rear wheel spacing.

http://cgi.ebay.com/700C-ROAD-CYCLO-...QQcmdZViewItem

Or just have your better quality local bike shop build a wheel for you.

Michael
post #3 of 10
You probably need a new wheel.

Removing the freehub can be difficult. A vice is recommended. I don't have a vice, but I use a huge found pipe wrench which makes it easy. If you buy a new wheel, buy the tools to transfer the freewheel, they will pay for themselves quickly starting with the new wheel install.
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by WILDCAT View Post
...It's a good bike for what you discribe...

Michael
James has been commuting two to three days a week for three years. I think he deserves a better bike than a low end ladies hybrid, but yeah, it will get the job done.

James, if spokes keep popping on the new wheel, you probably bent the frame somehow. Time for a new bike!
post #5 of 10
A good bike is a bike that you want to use on a regular basis.
post #6 of 10
A new wheel is probably smarter than getting the old wheel looked at. Make sure you check the air pressure in the tires often. If the tires are low you'll put extra pressure/flex on the wheel. Spokes are normally tighter on the drive-side and more prone to breaking when loose, etc.
post #7 of 10
installing spokes and tenisoning them isnt rocket science.....I hate waiting for bike shops to get stuff done so I ve learn to do everything myself.

get some new wheels first


then get a spoke wrench and make sure you keep contast tension across the entire wheel and dont let spokes get lose.
post #8 of 10
First, let me start of by saying that I'm in the bike biz and have been in it for a long time.

Now, there may be a very good reason as to why you're busting spokes (assuming that it's not lack of maintenance or poor wheel build, which it could be). The last few years this industry got plagued with poor quality spokes coming out of China. A few brands got hit REALLY hard by this (Raleigh, for example). These spokes often are the basic steel, instead of stainless steel, spokes and break in the middle of the spoke. If this is the case, contact your local bike shop. They may be able to help you out (don't count on it, though).

If the spokes are breaking at the head, it could still be the lower quality spokes, but more likely is simply due to lower initial spoke tension. There's nothing you can do about that. It's a low-end bike and wasn't assembled with a lot of care. You wheels are machine built, not hand built.

Either way, replace them. As your local bike shop to tension them up before installing them, especially if it's an inexpensive wheels (under $200). If it's a good shop then the 15 minutes they will spend to tension them up will make a big difference.

Good luck!
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback all. Gives me some things to think about. The spokes are breaking at the hub. Is that the head? I've been considering an inexpensive upgrade to a different bike for 2.5 years. My meager discretionary funds go mostly for skiing. Checking craigslist once in a while for something used. Will take bike to my local shop and discuss a fix. Suspect I will get this one operational again, while also looking into a better bike for commuting over the winter. I do most of my weekday riding between March and November.
post #10 of 10
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Thanks for the feedback all. Gives me some things to think about. The spokes are breaking at the hub. Is that the head?
Yes. The signs point to lack of spoke tension.

Sometimes this can be audible with a creaky rubber noise that sounds like a bending saddle, or noticeable as a mushy wheel.

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Checking craigslist once in a while for something used.
C-list in the DC area has gotten insanely competitive for bikes. Total dogs are valued at $200+ and one almost has to jump on deals within the first hour they're posted.

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Will take bike to my local shop and discuss a fix. Suspect I will get this one operational again, while also looking into a better bike for commuting over the winter. I do most of my weekday riding between March and November.
You're near Xtal City, somewhere? Bailey at Papillon Cycles on Columbia Pike is worth talking to.
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