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    Missing spokes? Safe to ride?

    I have a 1980s bicycle that has 27" rims, It has 42 spokes i think, It is missing 4, Would it be safe to ride? or would it be possible to convert it to 36 spokes?

    How do i measurer the spokes? so i can buy new ones

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    I'm pretty sure you don't have a 42 spoke wheel. Would it be safe? maybe, without seeing the wheel I couldn't really make a judgment call on that. How did the spokes break? Were they hit by something or just broke while riding?

    A spoke is measured from the top of the spoke on the inside part of the "J" to the end of the threads. Just take an unbroken spoke from the wheel to the shop and have them measure it. They probably have a spoke ruler that makes it fast and easy to read what size is needed.
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    If your wheel has 4 missing spokes it's a safe bet that it also has some other issues.

    A whole new wheel is most likely both your best and your cheapest option.

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    I agree, a new wheel was what I thought was going to be needed.
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    Just take the wheel into your LBS, they will sell you the right spokes.
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    Depending on the wheel, it could have several months of riding left in it or several minutes. And there is no way to know. But take it to the LBS and have them put the new spokes in and true it. It won't cost that much.
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    48 is either Tandem stuff [ i did a set for my touring bike ], or trick jumping freestyle
    406 wheels..

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