Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Broken Spoke

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Broken Spoke

Old 03-14-12, 07:08 PM
  #1  
John_1961
LOVE TO BIKE
Thread Starter
 
John_1961's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: WAUKESHA WIS
Posts: 99

Bikes: GIANT OCR 3 / Jamis Renegade Expert

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Broken Spoke

Broke a spoke on the back end of my Giant OCR 3 this afternoon on my way home from work That makes the second one in two weeks. Just wondering if I can still run with it until pay day witch is this Friday. What do you guys think? I do have a Trek 820
trail bike that I can run with if I have to.

Last edited by John_1961; 03-14-12 at 07:14 PM.
John_1961 is offline  
Old 03-14-12, 07:31 PM
  #2  
Axiom
Fat Cyclist
 
Axiom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 673

Bikes: '11 Cannondale SuperSix Dura-Ace

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just fixed a broken spoke on my FX after riding on it for 5 days. Just be careful going over bumps. Make sure you stand up so you don't put all your weight on the rear wheel.
Axiom is offline  
Old 03-14-12, 10:15 PM
  #3  
L.L. Zamenhof
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 291

Bikes: Rampar R-One

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I had about 6 broken spokes on my previous rear wheel. So you could probably last until Friday, depending on how long your ride is, and over what terrain.
L.L. Zamenhof is offline  
Old 03-14-12, 10:24 PM
  #4  
dynodonn 
Banned.
 
dynodonn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: U.S. of A.
Posts: 7,464
Mentioned: 41 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1253 Post(s)
Liked 28 Times in 26 Posts
Time for some to look into upgrading their wheel sets, or at least the spokes. After getting tired of replacing spokes, I finally upgraded to a set of DT Swiss touring rims. No broken spokes since, and that's after hauling many loads of groceries back home.
dynodonn is offline  
Old 03-15-12, 05:23 PM
  #5  
Confederate
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Palmer, Alaska
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wait until pay day? How much do spokes cost where you live? I can find them for $1. You should be able to dig enough money out from the sofa's seat cushions to buy a couple of spokes.
Confederate is offline  
Old 03-15-12, 07:35 PM
  #6  
SouthFLpix
Senior Member
 
SouthFLpix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 1,230

Bikes: 2007 Giant Cypress DX, Windsor Tourist 2011

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
If it's an emergency I can see why you would chance it, but if you have another bike why not use it? I personally wouldn't risk being stranded.
SouthFLpix is offline  
Old 03-15-12, 08:01 PM
  #7  
Bill Kapaun
Really Old Senior Member
 
Bill Kapaun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
Posts: 12,552

Bikes: 87 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1307 Post(s)
Liked 506 Times in 389 Posts
You're just asking for trouble.
You currently have a bad wheelset, that's breaking spokes at an increasing rate. (once they start, they don't quit)
You want to strain the remaining spokes even more?
Most likely you'll break the one next to it (on the hub) and maybe a 3rd. This can result in the rim getting destroyed.
Get the wheel respoked and PROPERLY tensioned before riding anymore. It'll be cheaper in the long run.
Use the other bike mean while.
Bill Kapaun is offline  
Old 03-15-12, 08:32 PM
  #8  
John_1961
LOVE TO BIKE
Thread Starter
 
John_1961's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: WAUKESHA WIS
Posts: 99

Bikes: GIANT OCR 3 / Jamis Renegade Expert

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Did that this afternoon Bill made a stop at my local bike shop and had the spoke replaced if ther was a problem they would have told me so right a way
So as it is they just replaced the broken spoke and trued up the wheel. All good for now.
John_1961 is offline  
Old 03-15-12, 09:50 PM
  #9  
gerv 
In the right lane
 
gerv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Des Moines
Posts: 9,565

Bikes: 1974 Huffy 3 speed

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
Time for some to look into upgrading their wheel sets, or at least the spokes. After getting tired of replacing spokes, I finally upgraded to a set of DT Swiss touring rims. No broken spokes since, and that's after hauling many loads of groceries back home.
Probably this... but if you have to wait... check for looseness in spokes around the breakage. If you have a spoke wrench, you could try to tighten them *slightly* without taking the whole thing out of true.

Unfortunately when the second spoke goes, you starting thinking it's a chain reaction... and that's quite often what happens.

When you get your next wheel, ride it for 50 miles, then get it re-trued and have tension checked.

I just bought a replacement wheel for my winter bike. After checking tension, I increased all spokes very slightly. Rode it 50-70 miles, then checked tension again and retrued. Even though it was a moderately cheap wheel, I expect it will last several years.
gerv is offline  
Old 03-15-12, 10:56 PM
  #10  
dynodonn 
Banned.
 
dynodonn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: U.S. of A.
Posts: 7,464
Mentioned: 41 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1253 Post(s)
Liked 28 Times in 26 Posts
Originally Posted by gerv View Post
.....Even though it was a moderately cheap wheel, I expect it will last several years.
I guess it's what you call "moderately cheap", plus I've found the limit of how "cheap" I can go, and my current wheel set has definitely raised the bar on my future wheel set purchases.
dynodonn is offline  
Old 03-16-12, 12:23 AM
  #11  
Bill Kapaun
Really Old Senior Member
 
Bill Kapaun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
Posts: 12,552

Bikes: 87 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1307 Post(s)
Liked 506 Times in 389 Posts
Originally Posted by John_1961 View Post
Did that this afternoon Bill made a stop at my local bike shop and had the spoke replaced if ther was a problem they would have told me so right a way
So as it is they just replaced the broken spoke and trued up the wheel. All good for now.
Replacing "A" spoke and getting the wheel "trued" falls far short of having a wheel respoked & properly tensioned.
I'm venturing a guess that you are breaking drive side spokes?
Report back when spoke 3 goes.
Bill Kapaun is offline  
Old 03-16-12, 04:04 PM
  #12  
old's'cool 
curmudgineer
 
old's'cool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Chicago SW burbs
Posts: 4,356

Bikes: 2 many 2 fit here

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 237 Post(s)
Liked 40 Times in 30 Posts
I concur with above opinions that your spokes are reaching end of life. Unless they're gone a very long distance or carried an unusually heavy load and/or seen a lot of bumps, there is or was at one time an underlying issue with improper or uneven tension. With any luck, the rim is still relatively fresh. The proper fix is replace and properly retension all spokes. I would carefully inspect the rim and hub for cracks, while you're at it.
__________________
Geoff
"There is no Fail without Try" - Yoda Simpson
old's'cool is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
cdnredraider
Road Cycling
13
08-25-14 08:00 PM
D52D13
Bicycle Mechanics
15
02-20-14 04:07 PM
E_is_Chill
Bicycle Mechanics
4
09-25-12 10:04 PM
szewczykm
Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg)
48
08-14-12 02:17 PM
gtragitt
Fifty Plus (50+)
35
11-18-10 04:33 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.