36 spokes - one broken - can i just remove spoke and keep on riding... forever?

by sm   July 29, 2013  

One spoke broke, can I keep on riding and not worry about it. That wheel looks like it has a lot spokes (36 in total).

I know, I'm lazy. Big Grin

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Yes. But it will go out of true quicker in that spot over time. I have a Workcycles FR8 with three spokes missing for years (damaged hub flange), wheel still perfectly true despite carrying a 70+ kg load at times.

I was told there would be Cake. Luckily there's http://TestValleyCC.org.uk

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posted by KiwiMike [661 posts]
29th July 2013 - 19:22

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Thanks Mike - that seems the easiest answer. Getting the right spoke measurement and finding a single spoke replacement online looks a pain. 35 spokes and onwards I go...

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posted by sm [355 posts]
29th July 2013 - 19:29

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No.....don't do it....what you have to do is

GET A PINK SPOKE and replace it Devil Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9075 posts]
29th July 2013 - 19:33

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Gkam84 wrote:
GET A PINK SPOKE and replace it Devil Devil

Not a bad idea, at least one spoke would match my bar tape Wink

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posted by sm [355 posts]
29th July 2013 - 19:41

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You can keep riding, but, in addition to your wheel being out of true, you will find that another spoke will break and quicker than the first. That'll lead to another spoke breaking quicker again, and so on.

It's actually pretty easy to fix spokes. Your LBS should be able to match up the spoke for you, and have a spoke tool. You can use the brake blocks as a cheap-man's wheel truing feelers. Just remember to use very small increments (quarter-turns of the spoke tool) for the final dialing-in of the spoke tension.

posted by Paul J [690 posts]
29th July 2013 - 19:49

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I hav 36 spokes rear mavic cxp 1 snapped no problem kept riding no problem, took it to lbs cost £6 to replace and retrue why go to trouble to do it urself wen ot is gonna be less than a tenner

posted by issacforce [207 posts]
29th July 2013 - 20:23

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issacforce wrote:
took it to lbs cost £6 to replace and retrue

If I can find an LBS round here to do it for £6 bucks I'm in. Forget about finding spokes, maybe I just need to find a decent LBS (North London).

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posted by sm [355 posts]
29th July 2013 - 20:58

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In the sunnny north east, love my lbs always so helpfull,

posted by issacforce [207 posts]
29th July 2013 - 22:34

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I wouldn't advise it long term. Yeah the good thing about high spoke counts is that you can ridw them home with a broken spoke but most homes aren't thousands of miles.

PM me the hub and rim brand and model and I can probably give you the spoke lengh. It's best measured properly but it souns like you're looking for a minimum fuss fix.

posted by racingcondor [126 posts]
30th July 2013 - 6:58

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Is it front or rear - front is particulary easy to fix, even more so that repairing a puncture (and even the rear will only involve taking off the cassette at most)

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
30th July 2013 - 12:23

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racingcondor wrote:
PM me the hub and rim brand and model and I can probably give you the spoke lengh.

Lovely offer, thank you however I have no idea what hub and rims are on this thing (second hand / no markings on hub or rim).

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posted by sm [355 posts]
30th July 2013 - 18:12

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TheHatter wrote:
Is it front or rear - front is particulary easy to fix, even more so that repairing a puncture (and even the rear will only involve taking off the cassette at most)

Agreed - I think sourcing the correct size spoke is my biggest problem. I'll order a few and see what fits!

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posted by sm [355 posts]
30th July 2013 - 18:13

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sm wrote:
maybe I just need to find a decent LBS (North London).

Erm. Condor on Gray's Inn Rd.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
30th July 2013 - 21:33

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been riding for two years and never had one broken spoke on any of my three bikes... so I am going to blame the creator of this thread off I get one soon lol.

posted by billyman [130 posts]
30th July 2013 - 22:01

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