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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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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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Is there a front rim and back rim

Every rim I'm aware of is suitable for both front and rear use. You could use different rims front and rear (for example if you want a wider tire in the front, you could use a wider rim to match), but ...
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Do broken spokes indicate a flawed wheel design?

I would rephrase some of what juhist wrote. If I broke more than one spoke on a wheel while riding (i.e. you didn't break them in some sort of accident), I would consider having the wheel re-laced ...
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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 fix this rust on spokes?

Interesting problem - the rim appears to be decent quality, with eyeletted spoke holes. The wheel is let down by poorly-chromed/finished spokes. Cleanup options: Do nothing. Spokes are adequate as-...
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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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Do I need new rim tape after replacing spoke + nipple?

It depends on the Rim Tape. Some variants are closed rubber or PU rings of flat material and can be easily removed with a tire mounting tool. If you don't rip them apart on disassembly, you can of ...
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Do broken spokes indicate a flawed wheel design?

They might indicate a manufacturing flaw rather than a design flaw. Some factory-built wheels aren't very good. Hopefully you've caught yours in time and the failure mode was such that a total rebuild ...
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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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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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Do I need new rim tape after replacing spoke + nipple?

Rim tape for tubed tyres is surprisingly stretchy. If you can get one pick or screwdriver under it, then work a second stick of some sort underneath, it should be possible to flip the whole ring of ...
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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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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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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?

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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Keep incorrect lacing (spoke heads in/out) or reseat spokes on hub flange?

For most hubs and situations, the answer to this is no, don't rebuild it if there are no issues occurring. "Double grooving" a hub shell creates a lot of unnecessary stress risers and they'...
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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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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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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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Do broken spokes indicate a flawed wheel design?

Stainless steel spokes are the preferred type of spoke, and work extremely well in wheels that withstand huge loads. I wouldn't claim that those wanting greater strength should use carbon steel. Maybe ...
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How can I fix this rust on spokes?

Small details in the photo suggest you will be riding a lot and at speed. The advice of rubbing them clean with steel wool and oil/polish is good and most likely adequate, but be aware: If polishing ...
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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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What's the best way to carry spare spokes on your bike?

To answer the "any bike" part of your question: on flat bar bikes you can stick them into the handlebar. I wrapped some duct tape around them just below the spoke heads and left the end of ...
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What's the best way to carry spare spokes on your bike?

Here's the final iteration, so far. https://www.tinkercad.com/things/dDMg6a2EY3P-spare-spoke-holder-for-gt-seattube As printed - 0.28mm layer height for speed on an ender3v2. Assembled. Inserted ...
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How can I fix this rust on spokes?

I've had good success using steel wool to clean the rust on spokes without removing them. They aren't shiny new but they do look a lot better.
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What's the best way to carry spare spokes on your bike?

For the completion of the answers, some bikes offer in-frame storage (at the time of writing mostly upper-range gravel/allroad bikes with carbon frames). A little door on the frame allows to access ...
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