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    Spoke source?

    My beater bike popped a spoke, so I bought a spoke in LBS and replaced it and attempted to true the wheel.

    That's when another spoke broke, while trying to make the wheel at least to some extent true.

    So decided to change them all and went back to the LBS to get 35 spokes (27 1/4" wheel) and they told me it is $2 per spoke.

    Long story short, anybody can recommend place online to buy spokes? I don't feel like doubling the bicycle value just by respoking one wheel.

    Thanks!
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    https://www.benscycle.com/p-4777-whe...bag50pcs.aspx?

    That's what I recently used for my first wheel build, definitely cheaper than $2 apiece. Shop's local to me, great guys. Any means to check spoke tension? Not like I have nearly enough experience to be giving advice on the topic, but I bet the spoke tension was wonked on that wheel to begin with, which is why you broke the second spoke. Would check the rim for bends too.

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    Thank you! Sound advice.

    The rim bend was actually what I was trying to smooth out when the second one went. But the spokes are like 12 years old, I feel it is time to replace them.
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    if it's bent, it would be cheaper to drop if off to the LBS and have them true it for the $25-30. They will measure the tension of each spoke and let you know if there are any weak ones not holding tension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapmetal View Post
    My beater bike popped a spoke, so I bought a spoke in LBS and replaced it and attempted to true the wheel.

    That's when another spoke broke, while trying to make the wheel at least to some extent true.

    So decided to change them all and went back to the LBS to get 35 spokes (27 1/4" wheel) and they told me it is $2 per spoke.

    Long story short, anybody can recommend place online to buy spokes? I don't feel like doubling the bicycle value just by respoking one wheel.

    Thanks!
    If you are a heavy rider and/or tour, you'd be better off with spokes that have a 13 ga (2.3mm) elbow. The spoke has about 50% higher strength than straight gauge spokes. Pillar spokes makes inexpensive 2.3 mm spokes and Bdop Cycling sells them for about $.85 each.

    On the other hand, a bent rim shouldn't be straightened with spoke tension. If it is bent, you should probably just replace it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapmetal View Post
    Thank you! Sound advice.

    The rim bend was actually what I was trying to smooth out when the second one went. But the spokes are like 12 years old, I feel it is time to replace them.
    Do you know that the rim is bent (permanently deformed) or did ya just mean it was out of true laterally? If the former is the case, then I'd probably do as cyccoommute suggested and replace it, as it will be impossible to have even spoke tension again (since some spokes will have to be tighter than others to keep the non-round rim round).

    If the latter is the case and the rim isn't bent but the tension's uneven from a history of spot trues, all the wheel may need is a retension along with the broken spokes replaced. Last I checked, this cost in the ballpark of $30 at the LBS.

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    DT Swiss Spokes

    ColoradoCyclist.com is where I get my spokes. Great service.
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    cycommute knows what he's talking about... although I think he missed a word in talking about a bent rim needing replaced... but as others pointed out... clarify if the rim is just knocked out of true or really bent... makes a big difference.

    for spokes universalcycles has a good selection, could even move up to the awesome alpine II DT spokes

    also remember to check that the nipple comes with it... some places include it and others do not.
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    Gentlemen,

    Thank you for your valuable input. I think I was 12 when I rebuilt my first wheel, thats what, 38 years ago? I lost count how many wheels I dealt with in my life but it is always interesting to read other people's suggestions.

    I will find me some spokes and have my son - since he wants to use my beater bike now - to replace them all; better teach them when they are young, right?

    Edit: I just noticed the announcement about Tom Stormcrowe, how is he doing, anybody knows?

    Is Historian still around?
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson View Post
    cycommute knows what he's talking about... although I think he missed a word in talking about a bent rim needing replaced... but as others pointed out... clarify if the rim is just knocked out of true or really bent... makes a big difference.

    for spokes universalcycles has a good selection, could even move up to the awesome alpine II DT spokes

    also remember to check that the nipple comes with it... some places include it and others do not.
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