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9x4 spoke pattern

I am shopping around for a high end commuting bike. Several reputable manufacturers, including Batavus and Trek are using rims with 9x4 spoke hole pattern. Here are a couple examples: ...
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Wheel builder London?

Bought a new bike and rode it for a week. Unfortunately the spokes loosend until it was unrideable. No idea how this came about but it looks like I need someone to rebuilt the wheel. Does anyone know ...
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Why am I breaking a ridiculous number of spokes?

First, this is a follow up to this: Why does my back wheel keep becoming untrue? (The short version is I bought a used bike a few weeks ago, I broke a spoke on the back wheel, replaced the spoke, ...
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Spoke puncturing my tube, can I cut it?

I recently bought a second hand city bike. After a 2 weeks I got a flat tire. On closer inspection it looks like this is due to the spoke. The rim tape is fine though. It seems that this particular ...
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Why are spoke nipples called nipples?

Does anyone know the etymology of the term 'spoke nipple'? The wiki page on Spoke Nipple and even google doesn't have the answer. Are there other threaded mechanical screws that are more like ...
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How long should spokes last?

Trek Fx 7.3, 1 year old, 1900 miles 3 days short of my 1 year bike purchase anniversary I discovered some broken spokes on the rear wheel. The bike shop gave me a new wheel they had in the shop, an ...
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How to remove spoke twist

I just built my first wheel following the excellent ebook from Roger Musson. The build turned out great, but as hard as I tried, I couldn't master the technique to eliminate the spoke twist. I've ...
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Tube puncture over spoke, but rim tape fine

I have a puncture in my tube on a bump in the tube that coincides with a dip in the spoke hole, and am not sure if I need to replace the rim tape or not. I have seen numerous posts about spoke ...
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How to replace a wheel Spoke

One of the spokes of the front wheel of my bicycle is removed and this really affected the alignment, How can I replace it and make the wheel balanced back, or do I have to replace the whole wheel? ...
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When truing a wheel, is it enough to only use a tension meter, and not a truing stand?

I presume that if you get all spoke tensions equal, and at the recommended tension for the spoke thickness, then the wheel will be true. My intention is to get a wheel reasonably true (laterally) by ...
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Wheel size for heavier rider, larger vs smaller

I am a heavier rider, whilst still reducing, I am over 120kg or 260lb. I have broken many spokes on the rear of my 26er sub-$500 mountain bike. Broken at the elbow. There could be many factors for ...
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Is it really necessary to physically cross (interlace) the spokes on traditional wheel lacing?

Recently I had to replace a hub on the front wheel of my workhorse bike. That meant unlace it and lace it again. Since the hubs were identical, I used the same old spokes, same not-so-old rim and same ...
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What are the pros and cons of Double Butted vs Straight Spokes when building a wheel?

Straight spokes will have the same diameter through the whole length, double butted spoked are thinner in the middle than at the ends. Here's my current understanding of the benefits of each: Double ...
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How tight should the spokes be on a bontegra wheel set stock for a madone 5.2?

Recently I encountered speed wobbles going down a bridge at 40 mph. I swear I saw death look me in the eyes. I'm considering the wobbles came from uneven tension on the spokes. The spokes are most ...
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How long between spoke adjustments on a mountain bike?

I have a mountain bike that's now about 18 months old. At the 12 month mark I took it for its first annual service. Since then there's been a problem with the front wheel coming out of alignment. ...
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Why should I choose 36 or 32 spokes (or another number)?

I have to change the rims of my bike and I have to choose between 32 or 36 (or 48 or any other variation). I never thought about this until now and I feel it's kind of a dumb question, but I don't ...
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Which spoke type do I need for my bike?

I have a Giant Trace X3 2012 It has 26" rims. Which of these spokes type do I need for my bike? Strongest or best match for the spokes I already have. DT Swiss Champion Stainless PG Spokes DT Swiss ...
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How are the wheels spokes laced in the bikes you buy at shops?

Is there a machine that does the lacing or does it have to be manual work? And in the first case, what does it look like and how does it work?
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Mixing various spoke widths in a single wheel

So the story began some 4 years ago, when I bent my rear derailleur hanger while crashing, and my chain got stuck between the cassette and the wheel scratching a few spokes. Everything was fine until ...
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Install hub dynamo on new cyclocross

I'm buying a Cannondale CAADX 105 Disc and I'm planning on installing a hub dynamo, perhaps an SP PD-8. 1.) I haven't done this before, but judging by what I have seen on YouTube: Get the new spoke ...
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Replace hub from old cassette to new fixed

I have an old mavic race rear wheel where the hub is rusted, but the spokes and rim is in prime condition. Thinking about changing just the hub (reusing spokes) to a fixed flip-flop to use the wheel ...
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New wheelset, spokes losing tension

I recently got a new wheelset Reynolds Solitude from a friend. He bought a new bike and it came with these wheels so he sold them as take-offs. They have internal spokes. I have one problem with them ...
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How do I calculate spoke length?

I have lots of bikes and lots of interesting wheel sizes, I would like to know how to calculate the right spoke lengths for a wheel. I appreciate that there are probably rather a lot of variables but ...
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Why do spokes break?

From reading another thread I'm pretty sure a spoke snapped on my way home. The bicycle was fine and then right after turning left the rear tire came un-centred and started rubbing against the frame ...
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Lots of broken spokes on one bike, with different wheels

I have a commuting bike I've had for a few years, and as long as I've had it it's frequently broken spokes on the front wheel. Eventually I got sick of replacing them, put it down to a bad wheel, and ...
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What size spoke for an axis classic disc wheel? [duplicate]

I have a 2013 Specialized tricross with axis classic disc wheels and I want to get some spare spokes for touring. Anybody know what size I would need or how to work it out? Thanks.
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structure of rear wheel to support cargo trailer

Some years ago I used a rear carrier with a bundle buggy lashed on to carry stuff around. I had a problem with wheel wobble. I thought a rebuild as 4 cross (instead of std 3 cross) might help. The ...
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Is China dumping cheap spokes on America market?

My Raleigh dealer told me my spokes keep breaking because China is dumping spokes made with cheap metal on American markets that rust from the inside. I'm being charged $100 US dollars to swap ...
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Straight-pull spokes - worth it?

Straight-pull spokes have been around for awhile on MTB wheels, but mainly just on very expensive wheelsets (Mavic Deemax for example). Recently the better wheel component manufacturers have been ...
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Spoke Tension Guidelines

Generally what should the tension be for spokes in wheels built up from scratch? For the front wheel? Should the tension be different for drive-side/non-drive-side spokes in the rear? Should tension ...
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loose spoke that will not screw back in

Noticed that my rear wheel is pretty un-true and is hitting the brake pad / wont spin freely. Decided that I would try to fix it myself before opting to pay 20 bucks. There is one spoke that is ...
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Spoke tension - is a left tilt ok to prevent explosion?

The left hand steel blade spokes of my WH-RS30 (not 30A) are constantly exploding inside of the nipples when going up hill in a standing position. I have increased the right hand side tension to about ...
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Wheel spokes & strength

I'm just about to buy a new bike. It comes with Shimano R501 wheels, which are rather lightly spoked (20 front, 24 rear). I weigh about 230lbs (I'm 6'6") - do you think it'll be worth getting a ...
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Which spokes should I get for an Expresso Coaster Brake with a Velocity Deep V 700c

I'm working on my first coaster project with an old 700c frame which I want to make really clean using an Espresso Coaster Hub. http://www.espressowheels.com/griptape.html Rear black coaster brake ...
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Checking spoke tension without specialized tools

I have laced and trued my first wheel (YAY!) at home, while in the fork. It is fairly true (to the point I used to pay money for), but I am not sure if the spokes are tensioned properly (I guess it is ...
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Spoke and nipple compatibility

My spokes are described as follows: American Classic round spoke (butted 14/15 gauge; 2.0/1.8mm), black 286mm (without nipple). Does this imply that the correct nipple to go with them would be ...
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Spokes keep breaking - bad hub or bad build?

Background information A bit of background information (I'll try keep it brief): Last year I bought an old but unused bike, 5 speeds with internal gearing. Apparently the shop bought a lot of bikes ...
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Getting the hub logo facing the valve hole?

I have built a number of wheelsets and always struggle to get the hub logotype "upwards" and faces the valve hole in my rim, so that it aligns with the tire logo. Instead of getting it right the ...
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How do I align a wheel?

I broke a couple of spokes on my wheel, now it's all bent, how can I align it back again? What kind of tools do I need to do a good job?
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How often should I check rear derailleur adjustments?

If I remove the (rattling)plastic disc - How often should I check the limit screws on rear derailleur? If the shifter cable tension is less than optimal, would this be a possible cause to drive ...
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What is a nipple driver and would I use one to replace a broken spoke?

I have not yet built a wheel (or even replaced a broken spoke), so it's not quite clear to me what a nipple driver is. I also didn't find any reference on Sheldon Brown's Wheelbuilding page. What is ...
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Aero spokes strength on a family bicycle

I am building a new wheel for my family bike: there will be a kid seat on the back rack over the wheel. I picked up some cheap double butted flat aero spokes (not elliptical but flat). From reading ...
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Is it safe to re-use old spokes when re-lacing?

Due to hub replacement, I'm rebuilding a wheel. Are spokes used for a 32h tri-cross laced rear disc hub re-usable for a second building or is it worth the extra $20-30 for new ones?
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What tools are required to replace a spoke?

When out riding at the weekend, for the very first time, I managed to break a spoke on my wheel. Because I've not done it before, and I want to get back out on the bike soon, this time around I am ...
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How effective is checking spoke tension by ear?

Sheldon Brown's Wheelbuilding page links to the article: Check Spoke Tension by Ear. Obviously a tensiometer would be ideal, but Sheldon suggests that checking spoke tension by ear is a reasonable ...
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Spoke nipple broke, should I replace more than one?

I had a spoke nipple break on my rear wheel, the threaded part broke off right where it enters the wheel. The nipples appear to be aluminum alloy, which I believe are not as durable as brass nipples. ...
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Spoke length with NOVATEC GOLD PISTA hubs and H PLUS SON SL42 rims [duplicate]

I have bought the NOVATEC GOLD PISTA hubs (http://novatecusa.net/project/a166sbt-rh/) and the H PLUS SON SL42 rims (http://hplusson.com/products/SL42) with 32 spokes. Someone know how does long I must ...
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Is this an abnormal rate of spoke breakage?

I just broke a spoke and this is the fourth spoke I've broken in the last 12 months. This one was very puzzling because it came at the very end of an easy 30 mile (48 km) ride. I was pedaling very ...
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Rear derailleur hits spokes when switching to largest sprocket

I accidentally ran a bungee strap through my old rear deraileur and it tore it apart. I have fitted an identical replacement but cannot work out how to adjust it so that the tension pulley does not ...
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Worth it carrying spare spokes?

Truing a wheel and lacing spokes is a big deal, requires a truing stand and everything. I know some do it without tool just with the spoke wrench and the naked eye, but feels like a big deal to me. ...