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Old 07-22-06, 10:37 AM
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Buckled spokes

Hi there,

Been a while since i posted a proper question here, I seem to have become a 'Foo-rat' lately...

Anyway. Two or three of the spokes on my front wheel have started to become an interesting shape - which I can only describe as buckled.

As I look at the front wheel turning, it looks as though it's not running even anymore (I believe those of you who actually know this stuff would call that 'not running true'?)

Two questions. How bad is this, and is it easy to fix? We're not talking "Someone's been kicking the front wheel" buckled, just a bow to two or three spokes.

Thanks in advance, and if I've left out any info that may help, please let me know and I'll fill you in. Would a photo help?
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Old 07-22-06, 11:09 AM
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Are the spokes no longer under tension? Just sort of flappy-loose?
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Old 07-22-06, 11:23 AM
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Is the rim moving side-to-side as it turns or is it out of round radially? A hard hit that bent the rim could be the cause of your odd shaped spokes.
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Old 07-24-06, 12:27 AM
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If the spokes don't have to be replaced, a bike shop should be able to true it up in about 30 minutes of well used time (if its still salvageable) If the spokes need to be replaced, turn around time depends on how busy the shop is.
We charge 10-15 for a basic truing. and a minimum of 20 for a truing with replacing spokes. Spokes run about 50 cents each.

And if one shop says it can't be saved and has to be replaced or re-laced, check with another.
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Old 07-24-06, 02:21 AM
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Hi,

Thanks so much for the answers. The whell has a very subtle left to right wobble as I'm riding now.

The spokes are still under some tension, but there's more give in them that the straight spokes.

I'll put the bike in for a quick overhaul when I go on holiday, get them to stick on some clip pedals while they're at it.

Cheers folks, appreciate the help.
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Old 07-24-06, 03:04 AM
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Sounds like your wheels have way, way too little tension...
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It's an 'out of the box' Giant bike, so there's a really good chance you're right there. I'd always planned to upgrade it bit by bit, so I guess the first thing I could do (apart from tightening spokes of course), is buy newer, better wheels.

I'll see what LBS people say when I take it in.
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