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Spoke change for geezers

Old 08-02-23, 12:39 PM
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Spoke change for geezers

Last time I changed a spoke was several decades ago. I recall it being quite easy on my 1975 Motobecane Grand Record. Wanted to change out a spoke on my new-to-me 2016 Kestrel Legend SL with Zipp carbon wheels. Finding the correct spoke took some doing, requiring me to first contact the folks at Zipp with wheel and hub serial numbers. And a bit of a learning curve installing those new fangled straight pull bladed spokes. But all super fun and rewarding and I marvel at the progress in bicycle construction technology that has taken place in the last four decades!
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Old 08-07-23, 01:10 PM
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Some things are much better (like adjusting headset bearings), some things are much worse (like changing gear cables), and some things are exactly the same (like cleaning and lubing derailleur pulleys). On balance I agree, bikes are much better than they were 40-50 years ago. I prefer riding, and working on, by new bikes over my c. 1980 bikes.

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