Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
Bikes: Specialized Crossroads Elite, Specialized Trcross Comp
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Unfortunately, spokes do wear out and when one goes, the rest are usually not far behind. I have a 2007 Specialized Crossroads (hybrid) that I use for a daily 15 mile commute. After 3000 miles on the bike, a rear spoke broke, then after a week another broke, and then two more the following week. The LBS said that it was basically just metal fatigue and the only way around it was either replacing all the spokes or getting a new rear wheel. I opted for a double wall rear rim with stainless steel spokes that set me back about $100. After a month, Ive had no more flats or broken spokes. You could go with a set of hand built wheels, but on a bike like a Townie, it may be a bit of overkill.
Speaking to your last comment, you shouldn't have to feel super careful every time you ride the bike. I would just bite the bullet, buy the new wheel, then just go out and rip it up . . .