Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
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My rule of thumb is to replace the spoke and RETENSION THE ENTIRE WHEEL if only one spoke is broken. If you just replace the spoke and retrue the wheel, all that you've done is to return the wheel to where it was before the spoke broke. In other words, a wheel that is about to break a spoke. I think that most spokes break due to inadequate spoke tension. Slightly loose spokes wiggle around at the elbow in the hub flange too much and eventually fatigue and fail.
If and when the second spoke breaks, I recommend replacing all of the spokes on the entire wheel.
My labor charge is $20.00 to replace one spoke and a dollar per spoke to rebuild the whole wheel.