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I have a broke front spoke. Can I take to shop to fix?

Old 01-23-12, 06:16 PM
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I have a broke front spoke. Can I take to shop to fix?

It looks like it broke from the front hub. It's just there dangling. Can I take this to LBS for a fix?

Also I can't ride until I fix right?

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Old 01-23-12, 06:19 PM
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Your local shop should be able to fix it without any issues unless you have a wheel with proprietary spokes. Unless it is a 32 or 36 spoke wheel I wouldn't even think about it. If it is one of those, you will still need to get it trued before you ride it and I still wouldn't recommend riding it.
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Originally Posted by StevenAkaProek View Post
Can I take this to LBS for a fix?
Is this a trick question?
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Old 01-23-12, 09:48 PM
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What make/model is your front wheel? As mentioned before, if it has proprietary spokes it will be harder to fix since the shop will most likely have to order replacement spokes. Once the spoke is replaced make sure the shop checks the tension of all of the spokes when they true the wheel.
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Originally Posted by StevenAkaProek View Post
It looks like it broke from the front hub. It's just there dangling. Can I take this to LBS for a fix?

Also I can't ride until I fix right?
I'd bend the spoke around one of its neighbors, true the wheel so I could ride with the brake release closed, and ride it until I got around to replacing the spoke.
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
I'd bend the spoke around one of its neighbors, true the wheel so I could ride with the brake release closed, and ride it until I got around to replacing the spoke.
Uh, or you could remove the spoke......
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Since the goal of every LBS should be to help you get back on your bike, they may direct you to a mega shop if they would have to order the correct spoke. That's what happened to me at least.

Also, definitely don't ride until you get the spoke fixed. That's just a disaster waiting to happen.
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Originally Posted by Accordion View Post
Uh, or you could remove the spoke......
that could facilitate a nipple stuck in rim situation
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Originally Posted by Lexi01 View Post
Is this a trick question?
I've heard bike shops have mechanics....
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Originally Posted by alexfboyle View Post
Since the goal of every LBS should be to help you get back on your bike, they may direct you to a mega shop if they would have to order the correct spoke. That's what happened to me at least.

Also, definitely don't ride until you get the spoke fixed. That's just a disaster waiting to happen.
Although I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else for liability reasons, I wouldn't hesitate to finish my ride with a brake release open, tighten its neighbors on the same side when I got done so I didn't need to do that, and ride it for 400 miles until I gave up on finding a 15/16 gauge spoke locally and found time to rebuild another wheel that needed a new front rim.

Consider where the support is on a factory 16 spoke wheel and what sort of deflection you can tolerate before spokes go slack on a low tension machine built wheel.
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Old 01-24-12, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by alexfboyle View Post
Since the goal of every LBS should be to help you get back on your bike...
That would be nice, but I think their goal is to make money.
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Two of my spokes broke a week ago, so I brought my wheel to the LBS. They're able to fix it very quickly and spokes doesn't cost a lot. The repair of those 2 spokes and strengthening the others cost me about 20 euros.

My spokes broke of some minor scratches. I have only 16 in each wheel, so when the first broke the one next to it broke too before I could stop. I wouldn't ride till it's fixed if I were you C:
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No ... sorry ... I'm afraid you're going to have to buy a new bike, sir.
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
That would be nice, but I think their goal is to make money.
Sadly, that is the real goal. But a guy can dream right?
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