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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 11-05-05, 01:10 AM   #1
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Z-kink in my spokes -- what gives???

when i took my bike back from downtown a while ago, after it had its seat and seatpost stolen, i noticed a z-shaped kink on 1 spoke of the rear wheel. i figured that, for some crazy reason, someone had tried to snip the spoke off???

after bringing the bike home, i realized that there was a similar kink on a spoke of the front wheel also!!! that wheel was unsecured.. there is no reason for anyone to try malicious acts on it

then tonight, as i glance over at my mountain bike, i noticed that it had a spoke kink on its rear wheel also!!! wtf!! (the front wheel, however, is normal).

on all 3 wheels, the kink occurs at about midlength of the spoke, and is about 1cm long... i cant imagine any force--compression or tension--that causes a spoke to deform like that. what gives?
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Old 11-05-05, 08:37 AM   #2
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Had the same in a set of Suzue Jr's laced with 15GA spokes. Such a cheap ass wheelset I didn't really even bother to fix them... just sorta said "Huh, weird".
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