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Old 12-30-08, 10:53 PM   #1
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Broke a spoke

Hardly worth its own thread, but hey, this is Foo.

Riding today. Had to contend with strong winds until I got to the MUP at which point I had the winds at my back. Awesome ride in the highest gear for several miles. When I got off the MUP I had a fairly steep hill to climb. Thought I hit something and sent it flying, kind of a cross between a snap and a ping, and pretty loud. A spoke breaking never occurred to me.

I had a flat tire the previous night so I changed it out this morning but put in an oversized tube (the best I could come up with), so I thought maybe that was the cause of the wobble I noticed during the ride. So I bought the right size tube and set out to change it after my ride. I noticed a couple of loose spokes so I decided to go ahead and true the wheel, and that's when I noticed one of the spokes was a little too loose.

I ran back by the LBS and the mechanic put aside the job he was working on to fix my spoke. The sprocket hadn't been removed since the wheel was built in 1983, so it took a LOT of torque to loosen it. In fact, it took both the mechanic and myself pulling on the wheel while the hub tool was clamped in a vise to get it loose. The spoke replacement was routine after that. He started to clean the sprocket before assembling it again, but then the guy whose job he was working on before mine came in and the mechanic was trying to juggle both jobs. At that point my wheel was fixed and the sprocket just needed to be put back on so I paid for the broken spoke repair and left with the parts and put them together at home.

While I was at it I gave the front chainrings a good cleaning. The Dumpster Queen is cleaning up pretty good.
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Old 12-30-08, 10:58 PM   #2
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I had a broken spoke on my rig, then I found another one, then another one. ended up with 6 broken spokers...

Wait, what the hell is this...bike talk in Foo?!? I shall now flog myself...
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Old 12-30-08, 11:08 PM   #3
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Hardly worth its own thread, but hey, this is Foo.

Riding today. Had to contend with strong winds until I got to the MUP at which point I had the winds at my back. Awesome ride in the highest gear for several miles. When I got off the MUP I had a fairly steep hill to climb. Thought I hit something and sent it flying, kind of a cross between a snap and a ping, and pretty loud. A spoke breaking never occurred to me.

I had a flat tire the previous night so I changed it out this morning but put in an oversized tube (the best I could come up with), so I thought maybe that was the cause of the wobble I noticed during the ride. So I bought the right size tube and set out to change it after my ride. I noticed a couple of loose spokes so I decided to go ahead and true the wheel, and that's when I noticed one of the spokes was a little too loose.

I ran back by the LBS and the mechanic put aside the job he was working on to fix my spoke. The sprocket hadn't been removed since the wheel was built in 1983, so it took a LOT of torque to loosen it. In fact, it took both the mechanic and myself pulling on the wheel while the hub tool was clamped in a vise to get it loose. The spoke replacement was routine after that. He started to clean the sprocket before assembling it again, but then the guy whose job he was working on before mine came in and the mechanic was trying to juggle both jobs. At that point my wheel was fixed and the sprocket just needed to be put back on so I paid for the broken spoke repair and left with the parts and put them together at home.

While I was at it I gave the front chainrings a good cleaning. The Dumpster Queen is cleaning up pretty good.
Man, are we awesome or what?

I hope you left a tip.
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Old 12-30-08, 11:09 PM   #4
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I'd say 25 years is a pretty good run before something snaps.
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I had a broken spoke on my rig, then I found another one, then another one. ended up with 6 broken spokers...

Wait, what the hell is this...bike talk in Foo?!? I shall now flog myself...

Well, it is on-topic in an off-topic forum. So, therefore, it is off-topic....and thus on-topic, making it off-topic again and thus on-topic, making it off-topic again making the universe tilt
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Old 12-30-08, 11:46 PM   #6
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I hope you left a tip.
I hang out there all the time. I told him I could leave it and pick it up in the morning, but I think he was tired of the other job and wanted a break. I left a few bucks in the coffee kitty.

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I'd say 25 years is a pretty good run before something snaps.
Well, see, it's like this: The wheel was from a bike I bought new in 1984 but it hung on hooks in my garage for the last 20 years until I started riding again this year. So while it was put together 25 years ago, it only had a few years of use.
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And I like apple pie

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Old 12-31-08, 01:01 PM   #8
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Hey, pass the beef jerky...

Now that has been said, what shop did you use?

I love the older wrenches at RBM, they will do a small job for free, esp. if you are a regular and leave tips, or donuts, or libations.
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