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Questions tagged [spokes]

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

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Ordering correct spoke nipple size

I've got some spoke nipples on a rear wheel which are stripped, and I'd like to replace them. I've measured the thickness of the spokes and they have a diameter of 2mm, which correspond to 14-gauge ...
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Back wheel spokes keep breaking

Bike was new around a year old. 8 of the back spokes broke and it went out of true. I had those repaired with a slightly stronger but spoke but now 2 more have broken including one of the thicker ones ...
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Failure in venerable spoke at nipple: causes?

I have a venerable (high spike count) rear wheel that has survived many a year before and after I purchased the bicycle. Today a drive side spoke failed at the nipple while climbing. The road ...
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Rear wheel power spoke pattern

This is my first time posting here. I have been biking for a few years now and learning little by little how to repair my ride myself. My latest problem is 4 spokes of my rear wheel (36 spokes) ...
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Are these spokes too damaged to use?

So, I've had the chain slip under the biggest sprocket a couple of times, and the spokes got chewed up by it to the point that two of them have broken recently. So, I decided to replace all the ...
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How many spokes for a single speed road bike?

I want to buy a handbuilt wheelset from a local bike shop and I am in front of the decision of how many spokes I want to put on front and rear wheel. The application of the wheelset is a singlespeed ...
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My rim exploded inflating on an automatic pump of a gas station. Should I reuse wheel's spokes/hub or buy everything new?

Today I went through this situation. Rims are Vzan Action with Formula Hub 36 holes. My rear tire was leaking. A guy patched up the tube and the problem persisted. I went to the bike shop and asked ...
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Innovation in cycle wheels

Do you think there is still some innovation that can be done to cycle wheels? Like changing the cycle spokes pattern? Or is it already in an optimised state?
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The smallest size spoke wrench I can find is 15(.127" / 3.23mm) and it's too big. Where can I find one that fits?

I purchased a spoke wrench with sizes from 10 (biggest) to 15(smallest). 15 is just small enough to round out the nipples on my wheel, but not small enough to actually turn them, so I surmise that I ...
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What is the recommended tension for my AlexRims X2100 rim?

I'm working on a bike which needs a couple of fixes, but the truing process is a new world for me. And I want to give long life for the wheel. I have a 26" wheel with 32 plain gauge spokes (aluminum ...
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Bicycle spokes poking through rim, what can I do?

I bought an old road bike, and after fixing it a little went on my first ride and ended up with two flat tyres. Replacing the front tyre was fine, added new rim tape repaired the tube and was good to ...
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What makes a comfortable wheel?

I rode about 5000Km on Mavic Ksyrium Elite Wheels and changed them for inexpensive Prime race wheels. The difference in ride comfort is huge. The Mavic wheels provide a very harsh ride. The prime ...
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What causes rim failure where spokes pull it apart?

I've seen a few failures like this lately from touring cycling groups, and I'm wondering what causes this kind of rim failure (if it can be generalized). poster on group reported shortly after this ...
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Adjusting Hozan spoke threading tool for different spoke gauges

On the hozan spoke rolling tool it is possible to vertically adjust part that holds the spoke, so that spoke would be at the same level as the center of rollers. When rolling #15 spokes instead of #...
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It is dangerous to bike with 5/36 spokes broken?

I've got an old bike (not a sport bike, just an old fashioned granny bike). The chain was super loose so I have to tighten it, the tires are fine. The rear wheel, although reasonable aligned for how ...
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Replacing Schwinn Rim spokes

I need to replace my rim spokes for Schwinn 28" men and women's bikes which size do I order? and where can I order them? thanks
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Measure Spoke Tension on BMX Wheel

I'm building a 20" BMX wheel. I want to check the spoke tension, I'm not sure how to do that accurately. It's a high flange hub laced 3x with 186mm spokes. Because of that, the cross is just off ...
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How precise do spoke sizes need to be?

I'm building a rear wheel for the first time. I have purchased the rim and hub and am now sourcing the spokes. I put the measurements into an online spoke calculator (on wheelpro.co.uk) and it ...
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Can I lace a 36 hole hub to 48 hole rim?

I'm trying to install a 3 speed, 36 spoke hub into my 48 spoke rim. I want to try and retain the larger wheel if possible instead of downsizing to a 29" tire. I'm getting mixed information that it ...
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Recommended spoke for enduro/all mtn riding

What would be the ideal choice of spokes for enduro, all mtn or freeriding? would it be a double butted, triple butted or just single?
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Breaking spokes very often at J bend

I have a urban commuter bike. Since last couple of months, the spokes at the rear wheel keep breaking after each ride. I changed the broken spokes couple of times. Also I replaced all the spokes. Same ...
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Measuring tension in double butted spokes

I'm building a wheel with double butted spokes, 2.0 mm at the ends, 1.8 mm in the center. The Park Tool Spoke Tension Meter has a conversion sheet to determine the tension in spokes of different ...
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How to pick a replacement rear wheel for GT Grade Alloy 105

My bicycle: GT Grade Alloy 105 year 2015 After ~2 years riding i've broken 4 spokes (1 broke, fixed, 1 broke, fixed, 1 broke, fix, and now broke again). At this point from what I understand I need a ...
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Why would spokes break at the flange early?

I have a professionally-built Rohloff wheel, 32-spoke, symmetrical, laced to Velocity Dyads with Sapim Race spokes, disc brakes. It is about six years old, built in 2011; but I mostly just use it when ...
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measuring a spoke that's already in a wheel

i have a wheel, and i want a spare spoke to take touring. (it's a front wheel with a disc rotor, i have one for the rotor side but have lost the one i had for the non rotor side) is it possible ...
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Changing a spoke on a rear wheel

is it easy enough to change a spoke on a rear wheel? It is not on the side of the chain ring. Thanks Ian
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My rear wheel keeps getting side to side wobble issues. Can it be too much pannier weight?

It's now already the second time that the rear wheel has issues with side to side wobble and I would like to understand why this is happening. The first time I had a bike mechanic to tune the true ...
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Replacing rims with a 3mm effective diameter difference - can spokes be reused?

I'm planning to change the rims from 27.5 (ERD=566mm) to 27.5+ (ERD=563mm). Will I be able to reuse the spokes in this case, or is it worth getting new ones?
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Which rims should I purchase to avoid breakage of spokes?

I might need to replace my rims soon. I've had frequent problems with breakage of spokes, so it's a good opportunity to buy stronger rims and/or spokes. What characteristics should I look for if I ...
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Why do spoke nipples keep falling out?

I have a road bike with road tires. I commute on a paved trail that is fairly bumpy through a couple places due to roots pushing the asphalt up. My problem is that about once every week or two, I ...
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Common for spoke nipple head to rust but not nipple body?

Is it common to see spoke nipples with heads rusted only on the side toward the hub, but not on the spoke body? I'm working through all the spokes on my front wheel, inspecting and spoke prepping all ...
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What kind of wheels use spoke washers/nipple washers?

Just that, what kind of wheels use spoke washers? Is this a nice addition to any old wheel, or are certain rims designed to use these? Would these perhaps help with a damaged spoke hole in a rim? I'...
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What kind of wheels need different nipple for front vs. rear?

I'm shopping for spoke nipples and I see some described as specifically for front or for rear. Is this just a marketing tactic, or do some wheels need different ones like this?
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How tell if spokes too tight without tensionometer

Is there a way to tell if a spoke or spokes are too tight, if you don't have access to a tensionometer? I had to tighten several, and obviously I don't want them too tight, otherwise you risk broken ...
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Rim cracks on spoke adjustment holes, how much should I panic?

So I have a RODi Rims SKORPION rim and I've noticed that there are cracks on the holes for spoke adjustment. They all appear to be on the left side of the bicycle and I'm not sure if they were here ...
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Do spoke nipples come in one standard body size for the gauge?

The descriptions for spoke nipples focus on the spoke diameter (or gauge) compatibility as well as the overall length of the nipple but not really anything about the round part between the head and ...
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Spoke Length +- 1mm

Okay, so, I'm building my first set of wheels and the general consensus that I've found is that it's typically safer to round down when dealing with oddly sized spoke lengths. I have my front wheel ...
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Two spokes broke in 10 days interval on rear wheel, should I worry?

I am the proud owner of a Commencal FCB 2016 and I haven't had to do much maintenance since I've bought it a few months ago. But that was until two weeks ago. I decided to change tyres to better fit ...
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Strategy for safe spoke removal

Let's say someone had a heavy, overly strong front wheel on their re-purposed mtb. 26" wheel, 36 spokes. What would be a safe pattern to follow to remove between 6 and 12 spokes?
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Tightening straight spokes

Being faced with a wheel with these devilish things, I'm wondering how people keep them from twisting when tweaking the nipples. I've been using a pair of Vice Grips, but that's clumsy and seems a ...
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Can the HED Tomcat wheels be made stronger?

History Bought a new Diamondback Haanjo Comp in mid July, 2016. Rode 220 miles on trails and broke a spoke. I rode another 190 miles on combination of trails, paved and gravel roads, including ...
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How do I know which spokes to get for my wheel?

I have a hybrid bike and under description for Spokes it says "Stainless PG"...but when I look for spokes there are a multitude of sizes, thicknesses, butted, double-butted, etc.! How do I know what ...
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Straightening bladed spokes

I have a wheel set with bladed spokes and they regularly become twisted such that the spokes are no longer lined up with their thin side to the wind, as indented. They twist so that the broad side of ...
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Why do spokes loosen?

Is it true that the they twist small amounts as you hit bumps while you ride, and that's why they loosen? Would gluing spoke nipples simply solve this problem?
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Spokes popping, chains jumping gears while not shifting and derailing when shifting, etc

I've had the same Trek bike for 3 and a half years with ongoing shifting problems, but for the last 6 months I've had a litany of problems. My LBS is at their wits end. Spokes are shearing regularly, ...
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Can I ride on 15 spokes instead of 16?

On my way to work this morning, one of the spoke on my front-wheel broke. I removed it completely, leaving me with 15 spokes instead of 16. Can I still ride my bike over a 20km distance. I noticed ...
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2 broken spokes same side, can I replace with one from the other side?

I had an accident and now have 2 broken spokes on the rear wheel of my mountain bike. No bike tools, and no bike shops in the country with 29 inch spokes or rims. Anyway I have removed the two broken ...
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How to unscrew freewheel sprockets with 9 broken spokes

A friend of mine has this problem. I haven't seen the wheel, but I suppose that the broken spokes are in one "area". It's a 27 inch wheel. Is there any tool that can hold hub tight enough to use a ...
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Rim dish and flange angle problem

this is the n-th time I have faced with this problem. The problem is than one flange of the rim is higher than another one. As you can see on the photo. My rim is new this time, I have dynamo hub. ...
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How many spokes can break before I need a new wheel?

3 of the spokes on my wheel are broken. How can I tell if the wheel is still good to use? Can I just replace the spokes or do I need to buy a brand new wheel?