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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.  4

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KiwiMike [1073 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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sm [368 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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No.....don't do it....what you have to do is

GET A PINK SPOKE and replace it  19 19

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sm [368 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

GET A PINK SPOKE and replace it  19 19

Not a bad idea, at least one spoke would match my bar tape  3

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Paul J [836 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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issacforce [210 posts] 2 years ago
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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

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sm [368 posts] 2 years ago
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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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issacforce [210 posts] 2 years ago
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In the sunnny north east, love my lbs always so helpfull,

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racingcondor [153 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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TheHatter [770 posts] 2 years ago
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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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sm [368 posts] 2 years ago
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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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sm [368 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Raleigh [1665 posts] 2 years ago
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sm wrote:

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

Erm. Condor on Gray's Inn Rd.

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billyman [148 posts] 2 years ago
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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.