Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
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Originally Posted by Yellowbeard
Popped out of its hole on the hub? As in: broken? Definitely take it to someone who knows what their doing.
Take the wheel to a shop so they can replace the spoke and true the wheel.
What he said. Get it fixed.
For the future, though, this is a fairly common occurrence, and you can learn to deal with it yourself. I can't build a wheel, but I've replaced many broken spokes over the years on nearly every bike I've ever owned. Google it.
As a rule, breaking a spoke or two or having them work loose (I'm not sure from your description which you're enjoying) isn't a big deal. The old guideline used to be that you fixed the first two, but if you break a third, the wheel needs professional attention. If you want to replace it yourself, take the old spoke or the entire wheel to the shop so they can sell you the right one. If the broken spoke is on the drive side of the rear wheel, you'll need to remove the cassette, so plan on that.
This really isn't as complicated as it seems, and it's worth learning to do it. When I used to do heavy-duty mountain biking in remote areas, we always carried a couple of spare spokes and a Pocket Pal (small cassette remover). I've replaced several by the side of the trail so I could make it home.