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Broken spokes -rim or tire

Old 04-25-08, 09:59 PM
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Broken spokes -rim or tire

Hi. Have a raleigh one-way with the crappy Alex rims and little 23c armadillo tires. I ride the heck out of the bike, and amazingly, I've never had a flat. However, I've broken spokes, more regularly lately (even though I'm now just under 200lbs at 6').

So, I want to get some Ruffy Tuffys - 27c - on the bike next - will this help with the broken spokes if I run it at a moderate PSI - or do I have to fork out for a nicer wheel?
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Won't help at all. Those wheels just aren't that good. You could have a shop respoke them with better spokes and tension them properly.
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+1 on re-lacing the rims or new wheels. At 200, you have a lot of options.
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There are other brands out there, but a lot of the clydes around here use Mavic Open Pro rims (double walled, crossed-laced and I prefer the 32 spoke ones on the rear). You can buy individual wheels online, or get your current hub laced up to one for roughly the same amount of money. I'm tough on tires, and only have to true mine 1-2 times per year, as opposed to having to replace spokes 1-2 times per year on my old rims. Big difference.

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I think the main problem with the cheap alex wheels isn't the components themselves but the build. I had a lot of problems with mine until I completely retensioned them myself. Since then they have been rock solid which is what I'd expect from a set of wheels that weigh as much as these do.

running bigger tires at a lower pressure saves a little wear and tear on the wheels too and doesn't really hurt any unless you are sprinting or climbing mountains.
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I think it depends upon your style of riding and where you are riding. Having someone retension your wheels with all new spokes would probably be my first option, because you probably have weak spokes from taking the extra pressure from when you broke the others. Having it done by hand, and then having them do it again after another 100 miles would be smart, or learn to do it yourself.
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broken spokes

If the LBS is only replacing the spokes one at a time, you're going to have one long riding season.
Take the wheel in and ask (or demand,whichever works)they respoke whatever side (I'm gusssing it's the rear drive side?)the spokes are breaking on.
btw..tell em you want the wheel trued after they do the spoke job.
No,not all shops do the truing after respoking,if you can believe it.. (It's an added charge at some shops and if you don't request, they don't do.)
I prefer Wheelsmith spokes
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