Thread: Spoke wrench?
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Old 01-16-08, 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
I've been semi-seriously riding for about 3 years. Haven't had any spoke problems yet. I like to be prepared while out on the road. I see that folks carry spoke wrenches.
Are spokes prone to breakage?
Do you carry extras?
1) Fiber-fix spoke. Carrying different lengths of spokes with you on a rec ride (as opposed to touring) is uh, not very easy or useful.

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fiberfix.htm

Spokes aren't prone to breakage, crappy wheelbuilds on crappy components with riders heavier than wheel was designed for causes breakage. Of course then there's always the random debris into the wheel or pothole etc.

2) Before I knew better several factory built wheels actually had spoke(s) on it to completely unwind while I was riding. A spoke key got me home without breaking it. This is mainly my own fault for not checking the wheels before I went riding on them but I didn't know any better.
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