Since mid-June, I've broken two spokes on my back wheel. This, naturally, is the wheel that my panniers are kept on. The added pressure of the weight of the stuff I keep in my bags during my commute is apparently enough to put extra pressure on my spokes and they're breaking off right where head of the spoke laces into the hub (which is the weakest part of the spoke due to the elbow bend there).
It's not that I'm not mechanically-minded, but more of an issue that I'm still new enough to cycling that I'm still learning a lot of the maintenance issues. The issue of spokes breaking is pretty new to me.
I've had the bike since November 2006, and only lost two spokes. I've ridden through three winters and I'm of the slightly educated opinion that the combination of winter riding, frequent riding, and weight over that wheel is what's causing the problem.
So to all you mechanical types out there, let's throw around the issue a bit: should I get the wheel rebuilt? Replace spokes as they break? Is the quality of spokes a concern?
What say you, Columbus?
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