replaced spoke - wrong size
Hi: OK, I'll get it off my chest. After doing this for about 15 years and literally hundreds of times, and never screwing up, about a week ago I took the front wheel off my bike to load it into the back of the car and..... you guessed it, I forgot about the wheel and returned an hour later to find I'd run over it when leaving my parking lot. I have gotten complacent - my usual technique is to put the wheel on the driver's side of the care where it can't be missed. This time I put it on the passenger side for some unfathomable reason.
The good news is that it was a soft sand/gravel parking lot and I believe that helped mitigate the damage.
I looked at the wheel, and the rim was obviously, but not severely bent. There was little or no obvious scratching of the hub or rim. There were no obvious broken spokes and the most obvious damage was the severly bent skewer.
Took it to LBS and they replaced one spoke and trued the wheel. The wheel isn't perfect, but it's very, very good, and probably nothing I'd notice if they hadn't pointed out to me that it wasn't perfect. In fact, it's no worse than my other front wheel which is also a tiny bit out of true, but not enough to bother getting it tweaked. I might bring it to another shop later just to see if it can be trued better. But, even if it can't be trued to perfection, it's well within being within my personal tolerance for imperfection and there is no brake rub even with my normal degree of "pretty close" brake adjustment.
But, I was looking at the wheel the other day to see which spoke was new - and after looking at it, it's obvious because the new spoke is larger diameter. It's a good quality spoke (DT), and the same color (black), but it's obviously a little thicker. I did a rough comparison with the micrometer, and it measures thicker although I can't tell you how much because I didn't have my reading glasses with me at the time.
I was just setting the micrometer to compare diameter.
I'm riding the wheel and it works great. I'm frankly VERY relieved that I have a fully functional wheel after my boneheaded error. I just want to know if I should insist they replace the spoke with one of the same specs as the others.