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Old 07-16-12, 12:21 PM
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Question about spoke replacement

Hello;

I'm replacing a spoke on my rear wheel. I have the cassette off, the tire off, have the nipple and the correct size of spoke, so I'm basically all set. I know the correct pattern of how to thread the new spoke.

My problem is I cannot see how to thread the new spoke in without bending the hell out of it to get it to reach the nipple. On this spoke, the little nub on the end (don't know what to call it) has to face out--it's a "circle" in the "circle, stick, circle, stick" pattern.

Does this make sense? Any ideas?

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The elbow doesn't give all the bend you need?
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Originally Posted by himespau
The elbow doesn't give all the bend you need?
OK, something tells me like I'm going to sound and feel like a real moron once I get this figured out.

Yes the elbow does give me the bend I need, but how do I get it that far? It seems like I can't even get the elbow down into position on the hub because all of the other spokes.
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You will need to bend it to get a replacement spoke in and crossed properly. Bend it gently, as in a gentle curve, no sharp bends. Once it is tensioned, you won't even realize it was bent.
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Yeah, you have to bend (flex) it some to get it into position. As long as you don't put a big kink into, no worries. When you tension the spoke it will straighten up.
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Originally Posted by Sprayman
OK, something tells me like I'm going to sound and feel like a real moron once I get this figured out.

Yes the elbow does give me the bend I need, but how do I get it that far? It seems like I can't even get the elbow down into position on the hub because all of the other spokes.
You need to bend what's called a "head-out" spoke as you insert it just enough so it passes to the outside of the last crossing of two spokes. Push down on the spoke near the head to keep it feeding through as you pull.

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Got it! I watched a YouTube tutorial and followed all of your advice and it worked out fine. Now that it's tensioned and the rim is trued, I can't tell the difference. Thanks to all.
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