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Loose Nut Behind d' Wheel
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radair said:
Classic tension failure, complete with necked-down failure points.
In my experience, yeah, that's unusual. Two at once, no less. The most common point of failure is at the bend.

I saw another unusual spoke failure Monday night. I was out on a road ride, trailing my group down a long downhill. I came upon them standing around in the middle of the road on a short rise, staring at one of the bikes. All the spokes in one guy's rear wheel, non-drive side, were sheared off about 2" from the rim, right where the butt is. Drive side was intact. Turns out he'd bumped another guy, who's bike did the ol' "Ben Hur" trick on his wheel. The real amazing part was that neither of them crashed.

Kathy
 

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Lucky said:
All the spokes in one guy's rear wheel, non-drive side, were sheared off about 2" from the rim, right where the butt is. Drive side was intact. Turns out he'd bumped another guy, who's bike did the ol' "Ben Hur" trick on his wheel. The real amazing part was that neither of them crashed.

Kathy
Wow, that must have been a panic stop with the wheel flopping around.

I can't believe you're out road riding. I figured you'd have given that up under the circumstances..
 
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