Old 12-04-17, 08:52 PM
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I broke a spoke at the end of the 600k I rode in October. It was in a weird place, drive side, just the head of the spoke broke off. This week, I tried to ride a 200k, another spoke broke the same way. I'm rebuilding the wheel. I didn't do that before because the failure mode is pretty rare, usually spokes break on the non-drive side at the j-bend. So I figured it was just a bad spoke. This was a wheel with about 1000 miles on it, so very new in the grand scheme of things. Now I seem to remember that wheelsmith spokes went through a period with this exact problem.

I knew two people that replaced rear wheels on PBP. I would have been the third, but I decided not to do it because it takes a long time, the lines at the control bike shops back up.
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