broken spoke

by bobinski   February 20, 2011  

Hi All,

just had a spoke snap alarmingly loudly as i tried to power up a hill. rear on my planet x B wheels. the rest are currently tight or should that be taught. can i still ride it without causing lasting damage? i have 4 necessary rides over the next 2 days, unladen about 20 miles each day. not slure i can get the wheel into a bike shop in the meantime to replace and then true the wheel. but dont want to risk damaging the rim either.

all advice gratefully received.
cheers

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riding a wheel for a prolonged amount of time with uneven spoke tension could well do further damage to the rest of the wheel.

you could find that after a time the wheel gives updue to progressive loosening of the other spokes.

i wouldn't want to give it a go but how intensive are your rides going to be?

posted by mathewshotbolt [100 posts]
20th February 2011 - 19:25

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i feared so but these are commutes across london, 4 seperate trips and very awkward to use other travel options.

will ponder overnight.
ta for responding.

bobinski

posted by bobinski [134 posts]
20th February 2011 - 21:02

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24 spokes is a bit of a no-man's land - they're not full-on racing wheels (in which case it'd be a definite no) and they're not 32/36 spoke touring wheels, where you'd more than likely be okay.

I've ridden a fully loaded tourer with a broken spoke further than the 80 miles you're planning to do. If you go light and check the other spokes after each ride you'll probably be alright but much better if you can get it fixed somehow or borrow a wheel.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7506 posts]
20th February 2011 - 21:48

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As dave said, in the short term you will probably be fine, as long as wheel is not too far out of true at the moment. Just keep a very close eye on it. As a spoke has snapped, it may be worth getting the wheel checked over as the wheel may have had uneven spoke tension which caused the spoke to snap in the first place.

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posted by roadracedave [75 posts]
21st February 2011 - 0:23

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Hi,
well it survived a 6 mile commute but then noticeably went further out of true. so jumped on a train and Evans in Waterloo, who i have always found to be good though not as good as South Bank Cycles, are currently replacing the spoke and truing the wheel. Planetx b wheels take a different length and thickness spoke than they have but assure me near enough not to matter and will order some spares from planet x in meantime to have handy should this happen again.

ta for advice

bobinski

posted by bobinski [134 posts]
21st February 2011 - 13:55

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Just out of interest, has anyone ever tried one of these?
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/fiber-fix-emergency-replacement-spoke-prod20155/

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posted by mr-andrew [300 posts]
21st February 2011 - 15:05

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So much for Evans at The Cut their 'road specialist' shop not having a range of spokes? But still, I wouldn't ride 24-spokers for prolonged commuter duties and expect them to survive too long. Reminds me of the time I popped in there for a pair of downtube cable-adjusters - having to point them out on an existing frame I was duly informed they only came supplied with a frame...doh!

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posted by monty dog [384 posts]
22nd February 2011 - 21:06

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mr-andrew wrote:
Just out of interest, has anyone ever tried one of these?
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/fiber-fix-emergency-replacement-spoke-prod20155/

That looks proper sketchy, does that Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7506 posts]
22nd February 2011 - 21:26

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