replacing broken spokes

Discussion in 'General Cycling' started by Adam Funk, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Adam Funk

    Adam Funk Guest

    Broken spokes are the only problem I have requiring me to take my bike
    in for unplanned maintenance, since I gave up trying to true wheels
    some years ago.

    I know how to replace the spokes themselves, and I have the tool for
    removing my freewheel. How bad is it if I replace a few and ride the
    bike with a somewhat but not brilliantly trued rear wheel for a week
    or two until it's convenient to drop it off at the LBS?
    Adam Funk, Sep 7, 2011
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    bugbear Guest

    I've ridden wheels with broken
    spokes for 1-3 weeks, with no evident long term
    damage (or negative "what have you done?!" comments from the LBS)

    bugbear, Sep 7, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    Me too - the only time I've had a problem is when the spoke starts
    hitting the seat stays (it's always the back wheel).
    I then have to snap it off to get home.
    Simon Mason, Sep 7, 2011
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    Tosspot Guest

    No problem at all imho. If the wheel is a lowish tension the lateral
    deformation from a broken spoke isn't even that much. A quick bodge
    with a MK1 eyeball and a spare spoke should see you through as long as
    you want ime.

    *BUT* this is how the sickness starts...
    Tosspot, Sep 7, 2011
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    Rob Morley Guest

    What you need to do is tie and solder your spokes ...
    But you really shouldn't have to "snap it off" - if it's broken at the
    hub it's already snapped, if the nipple's broken you just need to
    replace that and not the spoke.
    Rob Morley, Sep 7, 2011
  6. If "somewhat but not brilliantly trued" means the replacement spokes
    have roughly similar tension to the others, and the wheel will go round
    without you having to adjust the brakes so much they no longer work
    effectively, not bad at all.
    Alan Braggins, Sep 7, 2011
  7. Adam Funk

    Rob Morley Guest

    As long as it's something like true then generally no problem as long
    as the tyre isn't rubbing against anything (particularly check for no
    contact with brake blocks). But bear in mind that broken spokes can be
    indicative of a serious problem with the wheel, and more trouble to
    Rob Morley, Sep 7, 2011
  8. Adam Funk

    Adam Funk Guest

    Well, I guess I can pick up a few spare spokes & see how it goes next
    Adam Funk, Sep 7, 2011
  9. Adam Funk

    Adam Funk Guest

    Hmm, I have had several broken spoke incidents in the past 2 or 3
    years, but I think the LBS man would tell me if the wheel had any
    general problem.
    Adam Funk, Sep 7, 2011
  10. Hah! I once rode a fully panniered touring bike for 60 miles with 5
    missing spokes.
    Esra Sdrawkcab, Sep 7, 2011
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    Clive George Guest

    Beats us on our recent tour, last day somewhere around the same
    distance, but only three broken spokes. On a fully panniered tandem
    though :)
    Clive George, Sep 7, 2011
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    thirty-six Guest

    I thought you ditched the Bontragers?
    thirty-six, Sep 8, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    I have - after going through 4 sets of Bonty wheels on my Trek winter
    bike (shot hubs and breaking spokes), I have used Mavic Cosmic Elites
    instead for the last two years and they've been great.
    Simon Mason, Sep 8, 2011
  14. Adam Funk

    Adam Funk Guest

    How much did you have to let the brake out to keep it going?
    Adam Funk, Sep 8, 2011
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    nmm1 Guest

    If it was Westwood rims, probably not at all!

    Nick Maclaren.
    nmm1, Sep 8, 2011
  16. Adam Funk

    Adam Funk Guest

    Another advantage of disk brakes too, I guess. (I'd forgotten about
    them because I've never had them.)
    Adam Funk, Sep 8, 2011
  17. Just about all!
    But I was reserving my budget for BEER, not trains, so continued the tour.
    Esra Sdrawkcab, Sep 10, 2011
  18. Adam Funk

    Adam Funk Guest

    good point
    Adam Funk, Sep 10, 2011
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    Phil W Lee Guest

    That would have the advantage of rendering any resulting fall less
    painful :)
    Or drum/roller/coaster brakes.
    Phil W Lee, Sep 11, 2011
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