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Loose spokes after only a few rides

Unfortunately, most bikes are only rated to 300lbs or less. However, if this is a new bike, you should take it back to the shop and get them to fix it. They can't claim they didn't know you were a ...
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I have a 2nd broken spoke after 300km on a new bike, is it the wheel or me?

Not enough points to comment, so here is an answer instead, based mostly on my own experience. I've been using a bike as my main, if not sole, mean of transportation for the last 20 years or so. ...
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Can I ride on 15 spokes instead of 16?

You shouldn't ride on a wheel with broken spokes more than necessary, especially if its a low spoke count wheel (like a 16 spoke wheel). The load gets unbalanced with respect to the other spokes. ...
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Purpose of 'bore' on spoke nipples - why are spoke nipples not threaded through their entire length?

Adding threads to any sort of bolt under tension doesn't actually make it much stronger, beyond the first ≈5 threads. Adding more basically just adds dead mass; either way the whole thing will ...
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Bent spoke design wheels — feasible?

Spokes bent like that can't take any load (tension), so it would not work. However, bending multiple spokes around each other can produce a feasible wheel with non-straight spokes, like the last photo ...
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Is it normal for spokes to poke through the rim this much?

Welcome to Bicycles SE Without being pedantic you’re seeing the top of the nipple making an impression on the rim tape. It might be OK. Lift the tape/liner with a blunt edge and have a look under. As ...
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I have a 2nd broken spoke after 300km on a new bike, is it the wheel or me?

I suggest you get the wheel rebuilt properly, once and for all (probably by a different bike shop). A well-built wheel should be able to handle even riding off kerbs or small unavoidable potholes ...
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Spokes damaged by chain – should they be replaced?

It is likely damaged spokes will fail prematurely due to fatigue at the stress points caused by the damage. When that happens is anyone's guess, and the wheel may fail for other reasons beforehand. It ...
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Rear wheels are dished. Why not "dish" the frame instead?

A reason I would see is related to the cranks: a dished frame would require to have a chainring further from the center of the bike, which can be a problem from ergonomic and structural points of view....
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How to adapt a spoke salvaged from a 26" wheel to a 24" one?

Answer: Buy new spokes. A spoke is threaded not with a die, but with rollers. The difference is that a die cuts away metal leaving a thread with an OD no-larger than the original. A roller will cold-...
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What kind of wheels use spoke washers/nipple washers?

Spoke washers are used at the hub end, between the flared out cap and the hub itself. The intention is to take up extra length between the bend and the end, to help prevent the spoke from breaking. ...
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Rim cracks on spoke adjustment holes, how much should I panic?

To me, it looks like whoever (or whatever, as it was likely machine built) used the wrong size tooling to hold and screw the spoke nipples as the wheel was built. Not a rim manufacturing defect but a ...
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Damaged spokes behind the cassette

This kind of damage occurs when the chain gets stuck between the cassette and the spokes. It happened while riding, most likely, as indicated by the fact that the spokes are bent in the pull direction ...
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What's the best way to carry spare spokes on your bike?

I carry spare spokes inside the seatpost. I wrap them in thin foam (with some rubber bands around) to prevent rattling and use a bottle cork (cut to size) to keep them in place. Works nicely and ...
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How precise do spoke sizes need to be?

This topic is really poorly understood. Anyone who ever who tells you it's fine to just round up or round off when choosing spoke lengths hasn't been through the disaster scenarios that can be caused ...
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Purpose of 'bore' on spoke nipples - why are spoke nipples not threaded through their entire length?

The bore guides the thread of the spoke to the threading of the nipple allowing easier spoking with less risk of cross-threading. The bore also allows the spoke to be threaded deeper w/o adding more ...
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Spokes bow out from the hub flange

Bowing as the outer spokes exit the flange is normal. The angle when the spoke is made is set arbitrarily, and it's the job of the wheelbuilder to cold set it best as possible to match what the ...
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Spokes damaged by chain – should they be replaced?

Yes. Replace them. I had similar damage, perhaps slightly deeper, when some debris got caught in my rear derailleur and broke it. After 150km one spoke broke, followed by another two before I got home....
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How to fix this loose spoke (and why/how is it broken)?

You don't need to take the tyre off to adjust spokes. A spoke key picks up on the square pay off the nipple. In the unlikely Event that it's come right off the spoke, you should still be able to re-...
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Why would spoke tensions be uneven, despite equal thread engagement?

I can think of a few causes related to the parts and material: Manufacturing tolerance of the spokes. They are not exactly equal length. Manufacturing tolernace of the nipples. I assume they are ...
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Why do spokes loosen?

I have to say I think this is a myth, for a properly built wheel. Spokes have threaded ends which the nipples screw onto. Like almost all screw threads, they are self-locking. Since the spokes of a ...
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Back wheel spokes keep breaking

Usually spokes don’t break because they are too weak but because they have too low or uneven tension. Even tension will distribute the load among several spokes. High enough tension will make sure ...
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Loose spokes after only a few rides

I completely agree with the accepted answer of @David Richerby from personal experience. As a heavier rider (~22 stone) for many years, I also found with a couple of different bicycles that the rear ...
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Is there a benefit of lacing trailer wheel spokes radially instead of crossed?

Crossed spoke lacing is primarily necessary to transmit torque from the hub to the rim, rather than for increased strength, although I suspect hub flanges have more strength when loaded by a crossed ...
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Cause of broken spokes (pictures included)

The grooves/enlargement shown at the hub are all normal. The path to a wheel that doesn't break spokes is use premium quality spokes (DT, Sapim, and Wheelsmith are the usual poster children), set ...
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Pinging sound on new radial front wheel

I think you have found the answer to your question, about the cause and meaning of the pinging. I would suggest however that to assert the wheel invariable needs re-truing (at that answer does) is ...
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Deriving formula for spoke lengths

Okay, I decided that uploading the document as a series of images would be better than having to individually copy all the diagrams and render the equations separately (Bicycles StackExchange does not ...
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Why did my bicycle have a spoke shatter and a tube rupture?

Guessing: you had one spoke break at the J bend and the rivet end was lost. The remaining part of spoke popped the tube from below, perhaps it was a little sharp? And the tyre on the outside was ...
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Problems with spoke threads, and stressing the wheel

There is one major cause of this problem and it is putting a 1.8mm aka 15ga spoke in a 2.0mm/14ga nipple. This mismatch will screw together and hold under some tension, but then slip. It is easy to ...
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What can cause wheel spokes to snap in the middle?

I've dealt with a number of wheels where there were inexplicable failures at the mid-span of the spokes (far away from the elbow or threads). I haven't heard of instances of this where the failure ...
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