Over the past two years of not-too-heavy riding (maybe 50-100 miles/week in New York City), the rear wheel of my bike has popped a spoke *twice*, including today. Once it was at the hub end (the fat nub broke off) and the second time it was at the nipple (it broke just beyond the threads, leaving the threads in the nipple).
This wheel has also gone more than 1/4" out of true three times during this period (not including the times the spokes popped), sometimes going noticably out of true within only a week after getting it trued.
The wheel is about 15 years old, Mavic MA-40 rim with Suntour Sprint hub. Before the pops, the spokes all seemed tight, with no loose spokes. Oh, and I suppose I should mention that I'm only about 145 pounds.
From anecdotal reports from a couple of friends, this kind of thing seems unheard-of. And my front wheel (also MA-40+Sprint) hasn't been trued in 10+ years of riding.
Has anyone heard of such a thing before? Did some bike mechanic do something incredibly wrong on my rear wheel? Maybe the spokes are cheapo?
I'm pretty convinced now that I should just buy a new wheel. I'd been meaning to upgrade my old-style freewheel to something a little more racy, but it always seemed a little pointless to seek out a new old-style freewheel as a peicemeal upgrade instead of upgrading to a proper modern cassette hub on a brand-new wheel build.