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Old 03-03-20, 02:41 PM
Wilfred Laurier
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Most bikes come from the factory with machine built wheels, and most machine built wheels have unevenly or inadequately tensioned spokes, which generally leads to broken spokes after some time. If you've had the bike since new than I would say seven years is a pretty decent lifespan for machine built wheels.

Replacement wheels are available at any LBS, and the deficiency in spoke tension can be addressed by the shop, or find a competent wheelbuilder (not all LBSs have someone who knows what they are doing wrt. wheels and spokes). Or you can look up what steps are necessary on the web, but wheel truing/building/tensioning is considered a more advanced area of bike mechanics - I don't think it's all that complicated, but you can get in over your head if you don't know what you are doing and try to go too fast.
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