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    found a loose spoke what now?

    i've ridden for years and have never had this happen... i found a spoke had popped out of its hole on the hub (rear wheel). i fooled around with it and got it back in, but i'm wondering if i need to have someone that actually knows what they're doing, do something to it...

    i don't know if its a danger or not... sometimes, downhills, i get up to 35/40 mph... for me, that feels pretty fast on a bicycle... i don't like to think of the benefits of hitting the pavement at that speed... i've done it at 15 and its not fun...

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    Popped out of its hole on the hub? As in: broken? Definitely take it to someone who knows what their doing.

    Take the wheel to a shop so they can replace the spoke and true the wheel.
    I'll eat it first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yellowbeard View Post
    Popped out of its hole on the hub? As in: broken? Definitely take it to someone who knows what their doing.

    Take the wheel to a shop so they can replace the spoke and true the wheel.
    What he said. Get it fixed.
    For the future, though, this is a fairly common occurrence, and you can learn to deal with it yourself. I can't build a wheel, but I've replaced many broken spokes over the years on nearly every bike I've ever owned. Google it.
    As a rule, breaking a spoke or two or having them work loose (I'm not sure from your description which you're enjoying) isn't a big deal. The old guideline used to be that you fixed the first two, but if you break a third, the wheel needs professional attention. If you want to replace it yourself, take the old spoke or the entire wheel to the shop so they can sell you the right one. If the broken spoke is on the drive side of the rear wheel, you'll need to remove the cassette, so plan on that.
    This really isn't as complicated as it seems, and it's worth learning to do it. When I used to do heavy-duty mountain biking in remote areas, we always carried a couple of spare spokes and a Pocket Pal (small cassette remover). I've replaced several by the side of the trail so I could make it home.

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    Get it fixed. Assuming you have 32 spoke wheels, you can probably get around on it for a little while if you're gentle. However, the longer you let it go the more out of true your wheel is liable to get, and the more likely you are to break more spokes.

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    have a pro check both wheels' spoke tensions and true them up. it make ssense to get it done right at the beginning of the season
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    thanks!

    wouldn't you know it, i ordered a trainer for Christmas and it being backordered, just came in this week, got it put together and used it one day before i found the spoke broken...

    will it hurt it to ride it on the trainer until weather turns warmer and i start wanting to go outside?

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