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Refers to the thin rods connecting the wheel rim to the hub.

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20 inch wheels and spoke tension measurement tool

I got a ParkTool TM-1 but it doesn't fit on the wheel I am trying to check (20 inch). How do people deal with smaller wheels when it comes to checking spoke tension? thanks
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What's the best way to carry spare spokes on your bike?

I have a low-spoke-count rear wheel, and it broke one earlier this week. The wheel twanged so far out of true it would not fit through the chainstays. Backing off other spokes left me with about 20% ...
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Why are straightpull spokes not "interlaced"?

When a wheel is built with j-bend spokes, they are typically "interlaced", as the picture from ParkTool shows (crossing #3): There are clear technical advantages of doing so, described in ...
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Analog of "pitch circle" for straight-pull hubs?

If I want to build a wheel with my selected rim and hub, I can calculate the spoke length given the rim ERD and a few hub dimensions, most important of them being pitch circle diameter. For a straight-...
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Keep incorrect lacing (spoke heads in/out) or reseat spokes on hub flange?

Though likely not unanimously agreed on, it seems trailing spokes should be heads out. After breaking a hub flange where the trailing heads were heads in, I'm a little spooked seeing my front hub's ...
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I am trying to lace wheels for my Whizzer for the first time and have a problem

this is the first time trying to lace a wheel. I have ben using the internet for instructions, and have done this wheel three times and have the same problem each time. when I am done I have two ...
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What make are these spokes with squared-off sections below the threads?

I snapped a spoke in a wheel, and would ideally like to replace it with one of the same. I bought the wheel ready-made many years ago, and have no idea what the spokes are. They are double butted, and ...
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Is replacing single spokes by a different spoke type harmful?

Since one of my rims will to need replacement somewhere in the nearer future I was contemplating rebuilding the wheel myself. While researching information concerning which type of spokes to use I ...
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Keep getting puncture on inner side of the tube

I am getting puncture on inner side of my tube near the same spoke, it happened 3 times. I have checked everything, no sharp edges on the rim, no foreign objects, and even spokes dont seem to stick ...
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Freehub removal

I need to remove this freehub (see picture), to replace a broken spoke, however, it is an old bike and I am unsure how to proceed? I've managed to removed the cassette using a chain whip and a 32mm ...
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Spoke nipples sticking out

Is this normal for the spoke nipples to stick out this much ? Even after installing rim tape I can literally feel them, wouldn't it press/pinch into the tube when riding a bike ?
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How can I keep from rounding my spoke nuts?

I bought my bike new about three years ago. Since then I've had issues with spokes breaking and needing to be replaced, probably around ten times. Presumably the spokes weren't up to snuff. I've ...
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Mavic Helium clincher wheels: Replacement Spokes

I have a Mavic Helium clincher wheels and a broken drive side spoke. I need a new one (and would be happy to buy a couple of them including non-drive side) but everywhere I look it seems I would need ...
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Damaged spokes behind the cassette

Look at this. The spokes behind the cassette of my MTB are all scratched and bent. How might this have happened? The back of the cassette has no scratch at all.
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Spoke Tensions and Pitch

What are standard spoke tensions and what note pitches do they produce in order to adjust them with a bare minimum of tools.
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Keep getting small punctures on spoke side of tube

I am using 27.5 x 2.1-2.4-inch tubes in tubeless rims on a hard tail trail bike. Mostly riding trails. I keep getting small punctures on the spoke side of the tube. Could be the same spot but it's ...
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Why would spoke tensions be uneven, despite equal thread engagement?

I'm building a wheel. I've used a nipple driver to equally engage all nipples on the spoke threads and used this as a starting point for tensioning the spokes. Despite this, after applying a couple of ...
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Help identifying spokes

Ordered some Halo spokes for a wheel rebuild. Spokes arrived without packaging and have an unfamiliar stamping. From my other wheel build I remember Halo having capital "H" stamped on spoke ...
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Rear wheels are dished. Why not "dish" the frame instead?

Most rear wheels are dished to make room for the cassette. They have the drive side spokes comming into the hub more perpendicularly, which weakens the wheel against lateral forces in that direction. ...
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Is it normal for spokes to poke through the rim this much?

I was fixing a flat on a newish bike and noticed these bumps from the spokes around the inside of the rim. The rim tape is reassuring and I assume it's all fine, but I don't really know what is ...
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How to fix this loose spoke (and why/how is it broken)?

I don't know spokes. I bought the wheel a year or two ago. I noticed one of the spokes (i.e. on the right of the picture) is slack -- the nipple is recessed into the wheel, leaving the thread on the ...
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Should I service / replace / do nothing to my spokes which have done about 21000km before the next longer trip?

I'm planning on doing a 2000km trip (through Spain and Portugal). I'm wondering if I should do anything to my spokes before the trip. The spokes have accumulated the following distances front spokes: ...
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How can I make road-side tension adjustments to bladed spokes?

Bladed spokes like the Sapim CX-Ray require a special tool to hold them in place while turning the nipple, to prevent them from twisting. Say I break a spoke while on the road and need to make ...
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3 Broken Spokes

I have Trek Marlin 7 that I bought on May 2022. Starting I had a spoke break at the thread in November, then another spoke break in mid-April at the thread and now I have another one break at the end ...
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Spoke washers needed for Sapim Strong spokes?

Based on these pictures, does it look like spoke washers should be used in this wheel build? From what I read on a couple web pages (https://sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html#washers and https://...
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What is the ideal ratio of front to rear wheel spoke count (disc brake)?

What is the best[1] ratio of front wheel spoke count to rear wheel spoke count on a disc brake bike? For the vast majority of bicycles that are commercially available this ratio is 1: 32/32 for ...
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Spoke tension of the lower-tension side?

I am building a new wheel set (boost and super boost). The max. spoke tension is defined as 1200nm. I went ahead and tightened the spokes until the they reached the max tension one side. The other ...
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Spokes damaged by chain – should they be replaced?

When servicing my rear hub I discovered that the drive-side spokes have been damaged by the chain. The spokes are rough to the touch (one even had a sharp edge that caught my nitrile glove) and some ...
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Breaking spokes - why?

My friend bought a Trek Verve 3+ in December 2022 to use as his work bike. He is the bike patrol at a planned community consisting of approximately 17,000 acres. He works 5 days/40 hours and rides 52-...
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New wheels: WTB KOM Tough with 32 spokes sufficient?

I'm having a set of new wheels get built and I am opting for WTB KOM Tough's 29 inch rims with 32 spokes. The inner width will be 25mm. I'll be using this bicycle for touring/bikepacking/commuting - ...
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Which side to have one pannier if trying to minimise spoke load on a disc brake bike?

I have a (non-electric) disc brake bike with 28mm wheels with quite a heavy NuVinci hub and am on the heavy side (maybe 130kg with me, bike and pannier). The whole set-up is at the limit of wheel ...
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Looking to understand the math behind spoke length calculation. Help?

Does anyone here have insight into what I may be doing wrong or explaining incorrectly with this question on math.stackexchange regarding the math behind spoke length calculation? https://math....
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How to adapt a spoke salvaged from a 26" wheel to a 24" one?

This evening in trying to true a rear wheel run over by a car I managed to snap a spoke on a 24-inch rim. I have some salvaged spokes and spoke nipples from a destroyed 26-inch mountain bike rim, and ...
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How I tighten bicycle spokes?

Yes, it's an easy question on the surface, but there are some complications: I lost one of the nipples. So I'm riding without a spoke. One or two of the nipples work themselves loose, but they fall ...
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Help me make sure rims are strong enough to start riding hard. Fixed a bent rim after a crash, rim now mostly true with a few loose spokes

After a nasty crash which bent the front rims of my MTB, I was able to get it straight again and true it (bending it back with force and adjusting spoke tension) to the best of my abilities. I ...
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Shimano Alfine 8-Speed IGH flange dimensions

I'm building my first wheel and have a H Plus & Sons Archetype rim and a Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub gear. Looking at the spoke calculations, I have the Shimano spec which indicates a Flange ...
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Use 2mm washers for the spoke nipples inside rim?

Changing the spokes in the wheel, bought 265mm spokes instead of 264mm and they are too loose. Now i have two options: Have spokes stick out of the spoke nipples 1-2mm into the rim which is withing ...
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What spoke brand is this?

This seems to be the only decent spoke brand resource on the web... http://www.mrrabbit.net/docs/spokeheads/main.html, but even it doesn't seem to have this brand, unless I just don't see it. Can ...
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Strange noises when using brakes

Im pretty much devastated already. The wheel making this strange scritching noises when I use my brakes. If I block the wheel by brakes and move the wheel back and forth, it will sound the same. The ...
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Is a Spoke "collar" (i.e., spoke well) in deep section wheel replaceable?

I have an ~20 year old Mavic Cosmic Elite rear wheel, which has a relatively deep cross section: The spoke holes in the rim have "collars", which the spoke nipples rest in: One of these is ...
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how to determine bmx rim and spoke sizes for wheel rebuild?

I have a 2016 Mongoose Brawler that I am fixing, among the things that need to be replaced, the rims are one of them. I have 16" tires, so what size rims will fit those tires? And then what ...
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Why did my bicycle have a spoke shatter and a tube rupture?

Some days and one and off, I had been having squeaking sound from the bicycle- couldn't pin down the location other than rear of the bike. Suddenly when crossing the road while at low gear, a spoke ...
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Is a spoke tensiometer useful for determining that a wheel is on its way to becoming out-of-true?

Question Is a spoke tensiometer useful for estimating the strength of a wheel and whether it needs preventative truing? One does not need a tool to determine that a wheel that is blatantly out-of-true ...
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Front wheel makes spoke noise when riding

I have a reasonably new front wheel (about 1 to 2 years old) on a "urban" bike, and it suddenly started to make a typical "spoke noise" when I ride (the typical "pang" ...
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Wheelbuilding a rim with offset holes - how to lace?

Disclaimer: this has been asked and nearly answered, but I'm still missing some detail. I have a symmetrical rim with offset spoke holes (Spank Spoon 32, 26", 32 holes, see pic) which I want to ...
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Deriving formula for spoke lengths

I know that I can use online calculators or tables to determine spoke length. I also know that there are some pre-derived formulas for spoke length that I could use to calculate the spoke lengths or ...
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What can cause wheel spokes to snap in the middle?

While sitting outside with my bike next to me a spoke spontaneously snapped. What could have caused this? Even worse, after getting the spoke fixed and the wheel retrued at a bike shop, four more ...
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Pinging sound on new radial front wheel

I just installed a new Shimano WH-RS100 radially spoked rim-brake front wheel. It was purchased new, and the shop checked it for trueness. I think they made one or two small adjustments. After putting ...
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Safe to replace cross pattern spoked front rim brake wheel with radial-spoked?

I feel a bit silly asking this since I'm about 95% sure this is safe, but I just want to double check. I have a 2010 Specialized Tricross (carbon fork, cantilever rim brakes). The stock front wheel ...
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Spokes bow out from the hub flange

Wheel building using a SON Dynamo hub (28 12 disc), Wheelsmith DB14 spokes (stainless; J-bend), and Velocity Atlas rims (700c; 32 hole) with a two-cross lacing pattern. Disc brake, loaded touring. The ...
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