Started riding home after work yesterday and my back wheel felt really weird.. it's been getting progressively worse the last week or so, but admittedly, I haven't had/spent the time to look at it and see what's wrong. Last time I checked, the spokes felt a bit looser than they should, but weren't terrible..
Yesterday it felt REALLY weird.. and I was looking down at it while riding and realized the wheel was really warped in relation to the swingarm.. IE - at times there was almost an inch of space between the wheel and the swingarm on the left.. but only a few mm on the right side. So I stopped and flipped the bike over and had a closer look.. went to squeeze a couple spokes together and there was almost no resistence.. grabbed another pair and realized one was broken off at the hub! Grabbed a few more pairs and found a couple more broken spokes.. all sheared off right where they connect to the hub. So weird! I don't recall hitting any potholes or bumps really hard the last few days.. only thing I can think of is that I recently bought one of those "Adams Trail-a-bike's" for my 4 year old and have pulled him around a couple times. Maybe the added weight in addition to the loose spokes was the undoing? Not 100% sure..
Anyways.. turned around and walked the bike back to work and then borrowed a company van to take it home. Off to one of the bike stores ASAP for new and better quality spokes...
This is my bike: http://www.norco.com/archives/2010/?id=scene
Any suggestions for good quality spokes that are stronger than stock, but won't break the bank?