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(road bike) Should I replace my back wheel or just replace all spokes and retune?

Old 05-31-14, 02:52 AM
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(road bike) Should I replace my back wheel or just replace all spokes and retune?

(this is a road bike) I've been riding on the same wheel for about a year. In the past two weeks I broke two spokes (1 on drive side and 1 on the other). This is the first spoke breakage I have experienced with the wheel. It has 32 spokes. I was thinking about buying a new wheel but based on the prices and not wanted to waste a straight looking rim I am wondering why not just buy 32 new spokes and replace them all and re-true? Is this more common? or do people just buy new wheels once the spokes start popping.

Note: I do ride on roads with lots of pot holes which can't always be avoided and even rode once for a couple miles when my back tire was flat but I cannot see any bend in the rim and it only "bobs" very slightly when I flip my bike upside-down and spin the wheel.

Wouldn't replacing the spokes instead of buying a new wheel be just as good of a solution to stop spokes from breaking?

Like I said -I don't see any bend in the rim and it only bobs ever so slightly.

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Old 05-31-14, 03:08 AM
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How worn is the rim?, can you re-build the wheel or do you need to pay someone for this, and what's the cost vs getting a replacement wheel?

Whichever is the most cost effective/cheapest would seem to be the option to go for.
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For the price of 32 spokes, you can certainly buy a good used wheel and have money left over. Depends on how resourceful you are.
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The cheapest option is surely to buy new spokes and rebuild the wheel yourself (if necessary, learn how). You could also call around (or ask here for a local recommendation) for a competent wheelbuilder. A properly-built 32-spoke wheel should be robust enough for almost any road condition and rider weights approaching I'd say 300lbs. For more extreme conditions, consider a 36-spoke wheel.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
For the price of 32 spokes, you can certainly buy a good used wheel and have money left over. Depends on how resourceful you are.
I've found spokes online for .75 each. The cost for 32 would be 24 bucks. All the wheels I see are (at cheapest) about 75 or more bucks.
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Since you're asking it tells me you are inexperienced so here's my suggestion:

1. Buy a replacement rear wheel. That keeps your bike operational.

2. NOW, try to fix the old one. If you're successful you'll have a spare. Even if you're not successful you'll be getting smarter through the process.

3. Before you start doing anything rash to your wheel post back and I'll give you a few hints about what to look for.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Since you're asking it tells me you are inexperienced so here's my suggestion:

1. Buy a replacement rear wheel. That keeps your bike operational.

2. NOW, try to fix the old one. If you're successful you'll have a spare. Even if you're not successful you'll be getting smarter through the process.

3. Before you start doing anything rash to your wheel post back and I'll give you a few hints about what to look for.
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
How worn is the rim?, can you re-build the wheel or do you need to pay someone for this, and what's the cost vs getting a replacement wheel?

Whichever is the most cost effective/cheapest would seem to be the option to go for.
To me the rim doesn't look worn out. I don't have anything to call out on it. I'm just concerned it might not be completely circular for some reason and it could cause newly threaded spokes to give. I've probably only rode 2-3,000 miles or so on it and I weigh around 160-170lbs. I ride fast down hills on somewhat bad roads though and maybe it could have oval-ed the wheel a bit? idk It's a stock bike rim.

The spokes are breaking on the hub side not the nipple... not ON the L but right where the head holds the spokes to the hub.
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Originally Posted by BradMitch View Post
The spokes are breaking on the hub side not the nipple... not ON the L but right where the head holds the spokes to the hub.
This is typical for a wheel with insufficient spoke tension. Excess flexure causes the low tension spokes to break, most often at the hub flange.
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I'd probably replace the broken spokes and get the wheel properly tensioned and ride it. If it still has problems then look for a new wheel.
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