Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: East Florida
Bikes: '66 Raleigh Superbe, 80 Nishiki Maxima, 07 Gary Fisher Utopia, 09 Surly LHT
Broke spoke blues
After thousands of trouble-free miles, my daily commuter has begun popping spokes on the rear wheel every few weeks. I am willing to have the wheel re-laced, or replaced. I am 210 (was 330), riding a Fisher mtn. hybrid with heavy, double-wall Bontrager rims. I ride 30 miles every day, on decent roads, but I do tend to ride aggressively. I am a mountain biker at heart, after all. I brake hard, stand to accelerate, weave involuntarily, etc. This will continue. So...
My inclination is to have the wheel re-laced with triple butted, DT Alpine III spokes, because Sheldon B. said they are top notch. Where can I get 'downhill' spokes, or tandem spokes? Are they stronger? Willing/anxious to listen to any suggestions, stories, etc. Permanent, or at least severe solutions preferred. thanks