Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NYC and DC
Bikes: 2005 Cannondale CAAD7, 1983 Eddy Merckx Corsa track
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How Hard is it to Measure a Spoke??!?!?!
So I broke a spoke on my wheels today. No big deal. Call up the bike shop, ask for a 285mm spoke. He only has 288. Fine, 3mm won't make that much of a difference, right? I drive over, pick up the spoke. Don't need a nipple, I still have the old one, which happens to be an internal nipple. Go home, thread the spoke in, begin to tighten it. Check inside the rim, and like 5mm of threads are sticking out the back end of the nipple and the thing isn't even tight yet. WTF? I try to loosen the spoke, but the nipple just turns, presumably because its past the treads or is now stripped. I cut the spoke, figuring it was only a buck, and measure it. The frickin thing is 295mm. 3mm? fine. 10mm? NOOOOOO!! And now, I can't go to a competent bike shop for the right size spoke, because my internal nipple is permanently attached to my wrong sized spoke.
UGH!! Why can't they guy at the shop either A: Read the right size or B: Tell me he really doesn't feel like helping me so I might as well take my business elsewhere. Should I have measured it once I got home? Yea. But I didn't realize that asking for a specific size spoke was a challenge for the head mechanic of a bike shop. I've worked as a mechanic. Its not hard. It just has to do with some jerk deciding that you aren't worth the time of day. And now I will miss my weekend ride because of this guy.
Just had to vent. Sorry.