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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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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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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 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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How can I keep from rounding my spoke nuts?

The main thing going wrong is the wheel keeps breaking spokes and needing repeat attention. The life cycle of a wheel with a good initial build quality and good components is spokes virtually never ...
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How can I make road-side tension adjustments to bladed spokes?

I've built wheels with bladed spokes, and never had to use any tool to prevent spoke windup like that. Simply turn the nipple past the point where the tension would be correct, then turn it back to ...
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Why are straightpull spokes not "interlaced"?

I think straight-pull spokes don't have a problem with negative loads the same way j-bend spokes do. For j-bend spokes, any push-force incurred by rim flex would force a non-interlaced spoke into ...
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What make are these spokes with squared-off sections below the threads?

If this spoke were a straight-pull, then the flats would serve as a place where one could grip the spoke with more standard tools compared to spoke holding pliers: Without something to hold the spoke ...
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What's the best way to carry spare spokes on your bike?

I was intrigued by R. Chung's comment about flexible replacement spokes you could coil up in your seatbag. It looks like FiberFix is a spoke replacement made of not-Kevlar-branded aramid fibers from ...
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3 Broken Spokes

Spokes break because of uneven tensioning, when you break one spoke, if the retensioning is not done properly, it only exacerbates the problem for the remaining spokes, and you may have more broken ...
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Should I service / replace / do nothing to my spokes which have done about 21000km before the next longer trip?

In my experience breaking spokes is not correlated with number of kilometres ridden, it has more to do with keeping the wheel in good repair (not warped, even tension on the spokes) and avoiding ...
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Is replacing single spokes by a different spoke type harmful?

Intuitively, it seems like different spokes might respond differently to identical tensions and cause a wheel to be more "volatile", so to speak. So, a wheel with straight-gauge spokes with ...
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Keep getting small punctures on spoke side of tube

You got the next step nailed already. Use an "offset" from the valve to figure out exactly where on the rim is the cause. Then feel around that area for a sharp point or a sharp corner of ...
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Analog of "pitch circle" for straight-pull hubs?

It's still pitch circle or flange diameter. (Flange diameter is the term used in some places, even though it's confusing and basically wrong. It's wrong because it's also the same term used to ...
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Mavic Helium clincher wheels: Replacement Spokes

I think that the Helium was one of the first pre-built wheels. By now, it seems that most of the industry has moved to selling complete wheels, whereas in the day of the Helium, you'd probably talk to ...
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3 Broken Spokes

Spokes also break because of poor quality metal. I have had a wheel that was constantly breaking spokes, but at the bend instead of the thread. It was repaired several times during the warranty period ...
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Why would spoke tensions be uneven, despite equal thread engagement?

Manufacturing tolerances is my best guess. The rim is not a perfect theoretical circle, its wall's thickness is not perfectly even all the way around, spoke holes are not drilled perfectly identical, ...
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Rear wheels are dished. Why not "dish" the frame instead?

They do exist, at least in concept. Here's a patent for the design dating from 2013. https://patents.google.com/patent/DE102013217014A1/en It seems to be a design element in some fatbikes too, purely ...
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Is replacing single spokes by a different spoke type harmful?

"Conventional" spoke is a term that can use more specificity. What matters for the purpose of having a wheel that you're less likely to be stranded with is whether it's built with a hub and ...
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What's the best way to carry spare spokes on your bike?

Here's my first effort - cable-tie two spokes with nipples to the seat post, using a 3d printed holder on each end to space the spoke off the frame. Advantage: they're out of the way and don't catch ...
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What's the best way to carry spare spokes on your bike?

One of my touring bikes (I believe it was the first one, may it rest in pieces) actually came with 3 spare spokes strapped to the drive-side chainstay. Both of my touring bikes (well, all three ...
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What's the best way to carry spare spokes on your bike?

My tourer has them in a custom mount on the non-drive-side seatstay. That's a good place to tape them as well, if you want to tape them. On another bike I've taped them to my pump, which was a similar ...
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20 inch wheels and spoke tension measurement tool

Personally I don't measure spoke tension with anything more complex than tapping the spoke with the spoke key, and squeezing adjacent pairs while de-stressing/relieving tension. I have built two 20&...
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Should I service / replace / do nothing to my spokes which have done about 21000km before the next longer trip?

If your wheel has a history of breaking spokes (many of them, just one doesn't count, especially if it was due to external damage), then you should replace every single one of the spokes and rebuild ...
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Spoke washers needed for Sapim Strong spokes?

Hard to say. The spokes in the images are not tensioned very much because I see a pronounced curve in both. The spoke J bend has not been seated by spoke tension, nor has it been tapped with a hammer....
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How can I make road-side tension adjustments to bladed spokes?

On longer trips I carry this IceToolz Bladed Spoke holder with me (along with a spoke wrench and spare spokes and nipples): It has two gaps of different width. I only need the narrower one for my ...
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Freehub removal

That is a neat freeWHEEL that has removable/replaceable cogs. I've never seen one like that in person. The standard technique is to use the shimano freewheel spline driver tool, and a big 12" or ...
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Spoke nipples sticking out

Yes. You have a single-walled rim (which is a terrible name because it's really a single "valley floor") These are sometimes called "box section" rims because they're ...
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