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    Need new rear wheel?

    Hello,

    I have a Trek Soho S and I found out that my rear wheel had a broken spoke. I didn't have time to run it to the shop to have it looked at/fixed, so I rode on it to school. Well it seems that my rear wheel is slightly bent. If I freely spin my wheel it seems to hit the brake and come to a stop. Once I pass that point I spin it again and comes back to stopping in the same spot.

    So my question is, is my entire rear wheel shot? or will getting it repaired work?

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    well, obviously riding on it was not such a good idea, as it made a "meh" problem into a "ooooh" problem

    take it to a shop, and they'll replace the spoke and retrue the wheel, if it isn't too FUBAR'd. cost me about 20$US to have it done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cinemattic View Post
    well, obviously riding on it was not such a good idea, as it made a "meh" problem into a "ooooh" problem

    take it to a shop, and they'll replace the spoke and retrue the wheel, if it isn't too FUBAR'd. cost me about 20$US to have it done.
    more like meh into meh.

    Get a spoke, have the wheel trued. Or diy.
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    Either you whacked you wheel on something or a nipple came loose.

    Unless you know any truing or wheel building, I would say take it to a LBS and let them check it out. Ask them is it worth truing vs buying new. You haven't told us much info to say if it's broken or just untrue

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    Having a single broken spoke will automaticly make your wheel out of true, and riding on it will further that. But with a spoke replacement and retrueing will get it back just fine. Probably $2-3 for the spoke and $15-$20 for the true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BotByte View Post
    Either you whacked you wheel on something or a nipple came loose.
    How do you arrive at these conclusions? I've seen plenty of broken spokes that weren't a result of either of these things.

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    I broke a spoke on my road bike once at the foot of a mountain on smooth pavement, I rode up (over gravel) and descending through gravel switchbacks on it and rode the remaining 25 miles home. I went to a local shop and got a new spoke, when I put it in the wheel was almost as straight as it was beforehand. Its not really a big deal, I wouldnt replace the wheel until 3 or 4 break.

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    Last summer I broke a spoke when my chain popped off between the freewheel and spokes. When I pulled the chain free it took the spoke with it. I also ride a trek soho s. I went to my lbs and a guy there helped me figure out the right spoke length. I bought a spoke, nipple, and spoke wrench for like 10 bucks. It took about an hour to replace and true. That's from tire off to tire on. It was actually pretty fun. Just use your brake pads as a reference. I'm pretty sure my wheel needed trued anyway. My wheel is still just fine, and I gained valuable knowledge about truing a wheel, and I think when I get an internally geared hub, I'm going to build it myself, (using sheldon brown's informational page as a reference of course).

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