Electric Bikes - Can a LBS fix my rear spokes?
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04-22-13, 06:05 PM
Noticed my rear wheel getting REALLY wobbly on my ride today, too wobbly to feel safe continuing. I am a big guy and I have a 750w brushless motor on my rear spokes. I transported the bike via my jeep today and I'm sure I loosened a few of the spokes taking it out of the jeep. Can these be refurbished with the motor on it by a LBS? I've heard they don't like to mess with ebikes? I'm sure the wheel will need to be trued and spokes tightened, anything else? Kow of any good shops in Sullivan County NY? Thanks!
04-22-13, 09:55 PM
What's preventing you from making the repairs yourself, thechidz. The process isn't very difficult and you'll be able to add a few tools to your assortment of bicycle gear. In addition, you'll be able to build a very strong hub-wheel combo.
There are plenty of YouTube videos showing you every step of the way.
This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about your e-bike and you'll be able to add wheel building to your resume. ;)
It's what I did instead of using the LBS.
Talk to John at holmeshobbies.com (http://holmeshobbies.com/) and he'll get you the Sapim race spokes you need. He has built dozens of e-bike wheels just take a look at his blog (http://www.holmeshobbies.com/blog/?page_id=212).
05-04-13, 08:46 PM
thanks for the advice. I took it to a LBS just because the spokes were pretty loose and one of the nipples went in the frame, which he fixed. He also showed me how to tighten the spokes myself and sold me a tool for doing it. Well worth the 20 bucks bike is running perfectly and I'll keep an eye on the spokes after every ride
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