Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Broken spokes

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    30
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Broken spokes

    Apologies if this thread should be posted in a different forum...

    I broke a spoke this morning during my commute to work. During this evening's commute two more spokes broke. Should I have the wheel repaired or should I just replace?

    Any advice appreciated.

    Chapman

  2. #2
    Randomhead
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    12,318
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    depends on how old the rim is, but the spokes are all going to go now.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Papa Tom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Syosset, Long Island, New York
    My Bikes
    The same GT Outpost Mountain bike I've been riding since 1996. I also have a collection of cruisers, folders, and some antiques.
    Posts
    1,784
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Stop riding on it immediately and get it to a good bike mechanic. You may have bent it beyond repair by continuing to ride on it OR you might be lucky and find someone who can still fix it.
    Papa Tom

    "I just need a rest...and by 'rest' I mean a really long bicycle ride."

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    1991 Eddie Merckx Corsa, 1991 Cannondale 3.0 Road Race, 2008 Bianchi Pista
    Posts
    164
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Unless it's a light-weight rim it's probably fine. Definitely have spokes laced back in and the wheel trued before you ride on it again, bt a back-and-forth commute is unlikely to have trashed the rim.

  5. #5
    Senior Member HonestOne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    56
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Buy the spokes and spoke wrench yourself, its actually easier than you think to fix. I've been riding around with one spoke broken and it hasn't got any worse, I ride it pretty hard too, do little jumps off curbs and between driveways. This is on a 26" beach cruiser.
    - Aaron

  6. #6
    Seņior Member ItsJustMe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Michigan
    My Bikes
    Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)
    Posts
    11,486
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've ridden with two broken spokes. It won't hurt anything but replace them ASAP.

    If they're breaking at the elbow, odds are the spokes are under tensioned and need to be tighter.

    My first bike had a garbage rear wheel and I broke a dozen spokes in the first 1000 miles. I bought a new good rim (a Mavic) and butted spokes and printed out Sheldon Brown's wheel building web page, sat down in the living room watching TV and laced my first wheel. I took the advice of a friend who said "Lean on that sucker to relieve the tension and tighten the nipples until it feels like you're almost ready to strip something, then the tension will be about right."

    That wheel stayed dead true with no broken spokes for 14,000 miles, until the cheap axle broke.

    BTW I agree with just doing it yourself, spoke replacement is super easy. They're probably drive side though so you'll need a tool or two (freewheel tool or a freehub tool and a chain whip, depending on the hub type). I can throw a new spoke on in about 5 minutes and have the cassette back on and the wheel back on the bike.
    Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Hammonton, NJ
    My Bikes
    Dawes Lightning sport, Trek 1220, Trek 7100
    Posts
    848
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I had that happen to me and just repaired it... works fine... if this is a common problem then there are two options: one is to replace the wheel... the other is to "tie" the spokes... I had a problem with mine because it is a hybrid and I am a heavy guy (bit lighter now) so I put the bike away for a bit but now have brought it back out and if I have a problem again, I will probably try the "tie" approach to strengthen the wheel...

  8. #8
    Mister Bleak! mconlonx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    4,954
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Replace the spokes or have them replaced; bonus if you have a shop de- and re-tension the whole wheel while they are at it. They should also be able to tell you if it's worth the repair. Older, beat wheel with bent/dented rim and corroded/stuck nipples? Maybe not, but if it's otherwise in good shape and you don't want to shell out for a new wheel, by all means get it fixed instead of replacing.

    After fixing the broken spokes, if you start breaking more, definitely do a whole new rebuild w/ new spokes and nibbles, or get a new wheel.

    At the shop, I'll fix a spoke (1st). Person comes back in with another one(2nd), fix it, suggest de- and re-tension service or wheel replacement with a warning that if another breaks, I'll be a bit more suggestive about replace/rebuild; at a third spoke(3rd), I'll point out that at once this third one is fixed, I could have re-built the entire wheel for the same money...
    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus regarding mconlonx View Post
    You, I don't generally think of you as clueless. You're kind of ok.
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

  9. #9
    Senior Member jrickards's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Sudbury, ON, CA
    My Bikes
    2002 Norco Bigfoot, 2012 KHS Tempe, 1988 Bianchi Strada, 2012 Kona Sutra
    Posts
    1,445
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have an old (i.e., non-disc) bike with 4 broken spokes on the rear (hobbled home gently, haven't ridden it since). Are the spokes on the drive side a different length than on the other side?

    Also, on another bike, I noticed that the end of the spokes (as viewed from the inside of the rim with the rim tape off) has a slot as if it could be tightened with a flat screwdriver, is this an option or should I use a spoke tool?
    A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. Bill Cosby

  10. #10
    Senior Member Bill Kapaun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
    My Bikes
    86 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.
    Posts
    6,721
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    IF you've broken 3 spokes, it's time for ALL new spokes or a new wheel.
    Likely, the wheel was never properly tensioned and the other spokes have enough "flexing" that their fatigue life is about over.

    What rim/hub combination do you have?
    I'll assume it's a rear wheel, but which side are they breaking & where? The J bend?

  11. #11
    Senior Member jrickards's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Sudbury, ON, CA
    My Bikes
    2002 Norco Bigfoot, 2012 KHS Tempe, 1988 Bianchi Strada, 2012 Kona Sutra
    Posts
    1,445
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
    What rim/hub combination do you have?
    I'll assume it's a rear wheel, but which side are they breaking & where? The J bend?
    I'll have to check on all of that but I have one on my desk here that is broken at the J bend.
    A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. Bill Cosby

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •