Born Again Pagan
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Bikes: Schwinn hybrid, Raleigh MTB
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I fully intended to swap my studs out yesterday (as per my earlier post) but I didn't get around to it until today. I gave the wheels a good scrubbing in the bathtub (my wife's idea - will wonders never cease?) and I took advantage of the time while they were drying to clean and lube the whole bike. It sure needed it after serving me well through the winter. The front tire and wheel went on fine and then I tackled the rear wheel:
First, I noticed the brake pads were worn to the wear line, so I replaced them. Next, I knew the wheel had fallen out of true so I put a dab of oil in all of the spoke holes and another on the nipple threads and gave it time to work its way in. At this time I noticed that the pie plate was all cracked and nasty-looking, so I helped it along and took it off the wheel. It looks better without it, anyway. Finally, I broke out my new spoke wrench and began the truing process. All was well until the 4th or 5th spoke and then TWANG! My first broken spoke. I guess the winter's salt and slop took its toll and I paid the price.
I'm sure I could replace the spoke myself even though I haven't done it before, but right now I just haven't got the time. I'm in the middle of studying for exams so I'm going to drop the wheel off at my LBS and have them true it and replace the spoke. This is a real bummer because I enjoy doing things on my bike that I've never attempted before. Luckily I'm a believer in N+1 so I have another set of wheels - and it already has the slicks mounted.
Last edited by irclean; 03-29-10 at 09:59 PM.