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    spare spokes in seat post?

    I've read hear the some people shove extra spokes down the seat post. I was just wondering how do you keep them from clanging around down there? I tried it and immediately I started noticing the constant ting sounds of the spokes bouncing around. It would drive me nuts to have that going on constantly.

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    Um... duct tape? I've never tried this. Anyone?
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    ?? It doesn't seem like a very feasible place to store anything. Maybe you'd be better off shoving them into a corner of a pannier or zip tied to a chainstay? The idea of having to pull out the seatpost to get a spoke seems kind of big pain to me.

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    fiberfix spoke. put it anywhere you can spare about 2 cubic inches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan The Man View Post
    I've read hear the some people shove extra spokes down the seat post. I was just wondering how do you keep them from clanging around down there? I tried it and immediately I started noticing the constant ting sounds of the spokes bouncing around. It would drive me nuts to have that going on constantly.
    I usually pack 8 spokes in my 27.2 mm s/post. Just tie them up tightly with a thick rubber band on each end. At the bottom end of the seat post, I use a rubbber plug that you can get at most hardware stores. Drill/make a small hole snug enough for 8 - 10 spoke heads and pull through for about an inch. The rest goes into the post. No more clanging.

    Besides spokes, there's enough space for a $100 bill in a small ziplock for emergencies. It will suck big time if your seat post or bike gets stolen though!

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    Wine bottle cork to both ends of spokes; make the cork that goes inside seat post smaller so it does not get stuck.

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    I always store spokes in my seat post. I wrap some foam, or an old rag around each end and cover it with some electrical tape. Make sure it is not too tight fitting though, or you might not get them out.
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    Good quality wheels that won't break spokes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    Good quality wheels that won't break spokes.
    Well that is the game plan...

    FWIW I have carried spare spokes in the seat post or handle bars on all of my tours. IIRC I used a but of upholstery foam stuffed around the end of the spokes in the seat post to stop the rattling.

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    On my touring bike I have a spoke holder that can hold 3 spokes on the chainstay...... On previous mtb tourer I simply fastened some spare spokes onto the chainstay using electrical tape. That way I could easily get to the spokes if needed as well as have a supply of electrical tape.

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    I use electrical tape and attach them to a chain stay. Down the seat tube seems impractical. You would have to take things apart just to change a spoke

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    I used to zip-tie them to a chainstay. My new bike has spoke holders brazed on the chainstay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigeyy View Post
    On my touring bike I have a spoke holder that can hold 3 spokes on the chainstay...... On previous mtb tourer I simply fastened some spare spokes onto the chainstay using electrical tape. That way I could easily get to the spokes if needed as well as have a supply of electrical tape.
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    Taping them to the left side chain stay is just so easy. Having spare spokes almost guarantees you'll never break one, not having them almost guarantees you will break several.
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    Remember that you need to be able to remove the cassette to replace most broken spokes. 90%+ of broken spokes are rear drive side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigeyy View Post
    On my touring bike I have a spoke holder that can hold 3 spokes on the chainstay...... On previous mtb tourer I simply fastened some spare spokes onto the chainstay using electrical tape. That way I could easily get to the spokes if needed as well as have a supply of electrical tape.
    Honestly now, how often are you guys replacing spokes? I haven't done any "serious" touring, but I've got a decent amount of miles under my belt and well...maybe I've just had good luck.

    Does everyone here really break spokes so often that you need a convenient place to put them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacobi View Post
    Honestly now, how often are you guys replacing spokes? I haven't done any "serious" touring, but I've got a decent amount of miles under my belt and well...maybe I've just had good luck.

    Does everyone here really break spokes so often that you need a convenient place to put them?

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    I kept them in my seatpost too, which is actualy pretty handy.
    BUT, I would put them in a sealed plastic bag. I found that I had some pretty banged up and rusted spokes when I pulled mine out. (It just wiped off, but you might as well be careful.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacobi View Post
    Honestly now, how often are you guys replacing spokes? I haven't done any "serious" touring, but I've got a decent amount of miles under my belt and well...maybe I've just had good luck.
    If you read a lot of journals it seems like the second most common problem after flat tires. On short tours in an area where bike shops are fairly common it isn't much of a big deal.

    On the TransAmerica I think that east bound after Pueblo Colorado, it was about 1000 miles between bike shops unless you went off route. So it doesn't need to be too frequent a problem to be worth thinking about. A few spokes and a Unior Cassette ******* combined only weigh an ounce or two so I consider it worth it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlueToe View Post
    I used to zip-tie them to a chainstay. My new bike has spoke holders brazed on the chainstay.
    I zip tie them under the rack. They are out of the way and make no noise.



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    2 FiberFix spokes in the tool bag, and a tiny cassette ******* tool. I also use fat tires, good quality butted spokes, good rims (Velocity Cliffhangers), and I build my wheels carefully with a tension gauge so I don't have to worry about breaking spokes.

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    Aah well, the original question was about spare spokes in a seatpost......But to answer the question:

    Yes, I did break a spoke on a tour. It was on the drive side, so I couldn't fix it and ended up cycling about 500 miles with a steadily deteriorating wheel (it was only a 32 spoke wheel to begin with anyway).

    But that's the only spoke breakage I've had, and I will say I agree with you that for how often it happens, it's a poor justification for carrying spare spokes. However, since spokes are so small and lightweight, I really don't have any problems taking some with me. If they were heavier, I'd certainly consider not taking them.

    Concerning convenience, yes, you are right -not much difference practically for the number of times you need them to get them from a seatpost versus a chainstay... but then again why bother messing around with foam inserts in a seat post when you can just tape them on in seconds and get them just as easily plus have access to electrical tape?

    Having said that, I do see your point -you really don't need them in a convenient place!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacobi View Post
    Honestly now, how often are you guys replacing spokes? I haven't done any "serious" touring, but I've got a decent amount of miles under my belt and well...maybe I've just had good luck.

    Does everyone here really break spokes so often that you need a convenient place to put them?

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    I broke a total of 5 spokes on a trans American tour...in 1977 (2 front, 3 rear) I think the quality of the wheels and spokes today is much better. However it doesn't hurt to plan for the worse...I hate walking when I could be riding.

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    If you get a couple of long spokes,you can cut the heads off,bend the end into a z shape,then you won't have to take anything off to put on a replacement spoke.

    It's hard enough getting the seat just right the first time,I zip tie mine to the inside of the rear rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booger1 View Post
    If you get a couple of long spokes,you can cut the heads off,bend the end into a z shape,then you won't have to take anything off to put on a replacement spoke.

    It's hard enough getting the seat just right the first time,I zip tie mine to the inside of the rear rack.
    Somehow I would feel less than comfortable relying on this method on a loaded long-distance tour.
    Maybe it's just me...

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