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Old 04-07-12, 06:45 PM   #1
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First spokes down :(

After starting off on my 2011 Hardrock at around 400 pounds I was expecting to have them break eventually, and after managing 126miles last month after only starting riding in February, I was feeling pretty good about bettering it this month.

Then this morning I managed to get a branch or a rock into them, taking out three and leaving the wheel weak enough to be slightly warped and me pushing it for an hour or so back to a main road to call for a pickup

Hopefully its not too far gone and spoke replacement and truing it again is still an option as after ordering some riding shorts and buying a small toolkit the bank balance isn't looking healthy enough for a full wheel replacement for a week or so, and I've gotten into a good rhythm riding 30 out of the last 33 days.

A sample of the terrain, I think I'll leave these trails to the dual suspension bikes from now on, it didn't look that bad on the map
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Old 04-07-12, 07:06 PM   #2
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Pic of the wheel?
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Old 04-07-12, 08:11 PM   #3
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I could just be over reacting with my inexperience, here's the best pic I could get with my phone camera of one of the spokes and the wheel, its not hugely noticeable from the side, but when it is spinning from the top there is a wobble a bit under 1cm that it didn't have yesterday. I'm just super paranoid about my wheels given the stresses they're under with my weight.


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Old 04-07-12, 08:21 PM   #4
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I've been where you are and done that - but let me rest your mind at ease. You got it at the exact right time! That spoke definitely needs to be replaced, but any shop worth their name will be able to replace the spoke and get the wheel trued back up in no time.

In other words - you're good, just get 'er to a shop and get it back in true. I'm guessing maybe a 20 minute todal visit to the shop and you'll be good (or better) as new.
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Eh, it happens. Get it fixed and carry on.
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I've been where you are and done that - but let me rest your mind at ease. You got it at the exact right time! That spoke definitely needs to be replaced, but any shop worth their name will be able to replace the spoke and get the wheel trued back up in no time.

In other words - you're good, just get 'er to a shop and get it back in true. I'm guessing maybe a 20 minute todal visit to the shop and you'll be good (or better) as new.
Cool, glad I caught it early enough, makes the long trek back on foot not so bad.

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Eh, it happens. Get it fixed and carry on.
That's the plan, just going to miss it for a couple of days till I can get it done. Guess I'll have to ride further each weekend for the rest of the month to make up for lost mileage this week
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