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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    Certainly a spoke can be replaced. Probably best to have it done at a bike shop (which you'd have to visit anyway to get the replacement spoke), but you can do it yourself if you wish. (The front is a fair bit easier than the back.) I'd guess it would cost $10-$20 to have the spoke replaced vs $50-$100 for a no-name replacement wheel. Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 12:40
  • Just as a passing comment, with some more ... specialized ... spokes, you can sometimes have trouble getting hold of single spokes. I had a spoke snap a couple of years ago and most shops were only really interested in selling me a box of 100! I'd recommend that anyone buying custom wheels factor this into the equation.
    – PeteH
    Commented Mar 7, 2015 at 13:08

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You don't need a new wheel, and the repair is cheap if you have the correct tools.

Here's a guide if you want to try it yourself, or I reckon it would cost 0.5 - 1hr labour at a bike shop (plus the price of a single spoke).

edit - just read that it's the front wheel, which makes things easier still. No need to remove any cassettes!


Replacing a spoke is easy. Truing the wheel (that is, getting it straight) is harder - but it's a skill worth learning. If you want to learn, buy a new spoke and a spoke wrench; if you're pressed for time, have the shop fix it. Either way, there's no need to replace the wheel.

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