Broke a spoke on my '07 Giant OCR3
I want to try replacing the broken spoke myself, since this is the third time I've had to deal with this issue. Although the other two times were on a different bike. I had two broken spokes on the rear wheel of my Schwin Mesa mountain bike, and my LBS charged me $15 to replace the spokes and true the rim, and perhaps put new rim tape on.
My daily ride involves an unavoidable railroad tracks crossing (I suppose I could get off and carry the bike over the tracks), and a couple of significant bumps along the way that span the entire width of the road, and I'm still weighing in the clydesdale class, so replacing spokes is something I'll likely have to do again.
The broken spoke is on the drive side of the rear wheel on my Giant OCR3. The rim is an Alex DA22. I've measured the broken spoke with a caliper for guage and tape measure for length. The guage is 1.8 mm, and the length is 292 mm. Do you measure from the tip of the threaded end to the outer edge of the elbow end in a straight line? Or should you include the length of the elbow that attatches to the hub flange as part of the total length to determine the correct spoke length to buy? I was considering the 1.8mm x 292mm Wheelsmith spokes, that can be had for about $18 for a bag of 50 from ebikestop.com. Are these decent spokes? What's a butted versus non-butted or straight guage spoke?
I realize I'll need to buy the Park FRG-5GC center lockring removal tool, a chain whip, a spoke wrench, rim tape, and possibly a wheel truing stand. But, I'll probably save money and lost riding days waiting on my LBS to fix my wheel in the long run.