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Old 09-08-05, 12:40 PM   #1
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broken spoke...wtf?

I was riding home from work today for lunch and as I was riding along one of my spokes just broke right at the hub/nipple interface...no pothole no crack in the road.... the hub is fine which is a good thing but I think this gives me good reason to have the wheel relaced, cus I'm not so sure about the radial lacing anymore.....I still like the way it looks but I would rather have a wheel that functions properly than one that breaks spokes for no reason....any suggestions for new lacing patterns??
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Old 09-08-05, 12:44 PM   #2
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3x, indeed
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might I dare suggest 3 leading 3 trailing
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i'd replace the one... if it happens again i'd think about a rebuild. i never had a front wheel go out of true without me really whacking something.

for a front i could care less, radial or 3x i just don't think you put enough force on them for it to really matter.
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Old 09-08-05, 01:24 PM   #6
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3x is the way to go. Strong, easy to fix, and even if you are stuck in east Podunk, the local mechanic will know how to fix it.
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Old 09-08-05, 02:13 PM   #7
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id love to do 3 leading 3 trailing but i will probably end up with 3x just for simplicity...need to call the LBS to see if they can do 3 leading 3 tailing and how much $$ it would run....
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No big deal man. Replace the spoke and stress relieve the rest of them. Check out sheldon brown's site for details.
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Old 09-08-05, 03:05 PM   #9
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Break 1 spoke, replace it. Break 2 spokes, think about rebuilding wheel. Break 3 spokes, rebuild wheel.
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Poor little spoke...sniff....why why? ... why didn't the other spokes see it coming, weren't there warning signs? they could have done something!
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Poor little spoke...sniff....why why? ... why didn't the other spokes see it coming, weren't there warning signs? they could have done something!

sounds like it was flawwed, maybe a saboteur even!
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might I dare suggest 3 leading 3 trailing
What precisely is 3 leading, 3 trailing?
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http://www.minortriad.com/wheel.html

3x is the traditional build. There's not a lot of evidence to suggest that any other pattern is significantly superior in any respect.

Might I suggest that you check your spoke tension? Often broken spokes are a symptom of an under-tensioned wheel.
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Old 09-11-05, 09:09 PM   #14
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learning how to build your own wheels is a surefire way to save money, and maybe even scam some off of your friends, but access to a truing stand helps ( check your local bike collective) it's awesome, easy, fun, and kind of impressive...and then you won't have to rely on a mechanic in podunk, wherever you said....

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but i've done some damage to my radial laced front wheel, no broken spokes though...give it another chance...
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50x.

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crow's foot. modified crow's foot assuming you're 32 hole.
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The only spokes I've ever broken have been in a 3X wheel... I've never broken a radial spoke.
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well I decided after breaking my first spoke that I would just replace it and see how it went from there.....so I was out on a ride this evening and once again what happens I break another spoke!! once again no pothole no crack in the road although I did ride on some grass to take a short cut earlier and the spoke just snaps... So it looks like I will be relacing the wheel...I've been wanting to learn and I figure that now is a perfect time considering that I should be doing it anyways.....any suggestions for spokes to get???
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