In 26 years of riding amazingly I have only broken only one spoke, on the rear wheel of a touring bike. I am no lightweight either. In those years my weight has been between 175 and 195lbs. Now cracked rims is another story. I have cracked the drive side eyelets on several rims, but the spokes were just fineBroke a spoke today, so just thought I'd post this as a companion to the "flat statistics" thread.
I seem to break about 3 front spokes for every rear one. I would have thought it would be the other way around.
What's your experience?
The wheel had been fine for a few thousand miles, until I hit that pothole, hard (pinch-flatted, too). I literally went over the wheel with a magnifying glass after that, and found no damage. However, after another 400 miles or so I broke my first spoke, and two more after 200-300 miles each. After the third one I had had enough of this and had the wheel rebuilt at the factory (it was a Zipp 404, and they rebuilt it for free). It's still going strong 10,000 miles later now.Pirx, your experience suggests a wheel built with insufficient tension.