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Old 01-26-12, 07:11 AM
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Extra Spoke Storage?

My wife and I ride a tandem and will be doing more and more touring. So I would like to have extra spokes along with us but not sure where to keep them as we travel.
Any thoughts?
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Old 01-26-12, 07:25 AM
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Check out this recent thread about spokes and storage

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...22-fiber-spoke
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I just ziptie them to under the rack.





I do carry a Fiber spoke now, however. Haven't had to use it yet.
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I just wrap them and zip ties in a shop towel and put them in the pannier with the tools and spares.

edit: and I carry a fiber spoke too.

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Inside the pannier, length appropriate, so RR in that bag, LR in the other,
and a front in one of those bags.
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Old 01-26-12, 11:53 AM
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I have attached them to a rack with cable ties, used a spoke holder that was part of the frame, and jammed them into the handlebar (required pre-bending, but they straighten easily).
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Old 01-26-12, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Inside the pannier, length appropriate, so RR in that bag, LR in the other,
and a front in one of those bags.
FWIW, I have always found that the three sizes of spokes were close enough that one sized spare will work in a pinch. When building wheels I use the right lengths, but for repairs on the side of the road anything from a few threads engaged to anywhere adequately shy of puncturing a tube is fine. The difference in the three sizes is usually 3-4 mm and the usable range is closer to +/- a centimeter.
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You can keep them inside your seat post (tape them securely so they don't fall down to the bottom bracket). It's best if you use a bottom bracket with a plastic axle sleeve, a la Hollowtech II, just in case they do fall. Mine have never fallen. You can also tape them to your frame. I usually use the non-driveside chainstay.
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I just tape them to the crossbar with insulation tape.
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Dear Tom:

You can also put them in your handlebars (if they are straight type).

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My Fuji Touring has braze-ons for storing extra spokes on the non-drive-side chainstay. I only mention it because I met another guy who had them on his bike and didn't realize what they were for.
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I always wonder if the spec on the wheels and the guy brazing that spoke-holder on
communicated with each other , and those spokes don't really fit..
any of the 3 lengths , typically different, Right/Left/Front

know before you are surprised.

I have my spare spokes inside that pannier, against the stiffener,
Rt rear in right rear bag, etc.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I always wonder if the spec on the wheels and the guy brazing that spoke-holder on
communicated with each other , and those spokes don't really fit..
any of the 3 lengths , typically different, Right/Left/Front

know before you are surprised.
Good point. I know that on my Windsor they were a size that fit all three adequately, but you never know. The spec for the wheels could have changed after the frame was built or they could have just screwed up.
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On my Novara Randonee the spoke holder is on the drive side chain stay, and the spokes act as the slap protector once mounted.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I always wonder if the spec on the wheels and the guy brazing that spoke-holder on
communicated with each other , and those spokes don't really fit..
any of the 3 lengths , typically different, Right/Left/Front

know before you are surprised.
The difference is only a millimeter or two on either side of the front spoke length, isn't it? I would think that the length of the nipple can account for the discrepancy and still allow you to put them into the braze-ons.

My disclaimer (so if I'm wrong, sorry):
1. I've always taken my broken spokes with me to the bike shop to buy replacements and then bought a few extras.
2. I've only ever broken spokes on the rear-drive side.
THUS
3. All of my replacements on my bike are the same length.
AND
4. I'm guessing from this discussion that they are the shortest length required for my wheels.
5. I'm hoping I don't break a non-drive-side or front spoke before I can swing by the shop again.
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I had spokes taped to my left chain stay. After reading this thread, I did this.
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Tapped or zip tied to the rack, in the handle bars, in the seat post with a cork to hold them in.

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Oh, one other thing...
Don't keep them somewhere that you will unpack them in camp and set them out. Every time I did that I wound up accidentally leaving them behind. Kind of weird because I never do that with anything else.
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we keep them taped together in the tentpole bag, together with the tentpoles, wich is then strapped (as the single exception that everyting is carried inside our panniers) to my rear rack top.
keeps them nice, straight and always accessible.
of course, this means that when we're just daytouring we don't have them with us.
however: we've never had a broken spoke on daytours (and only very, very rarely (twice i think) on tour), and even IF we would break a spoke it's always possible to ride with a broken spoke (or 2 / 3), provided you remove it or twist it so it doesn't get hooked in places it shouldn't.
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I tape my to the nondriveside chainstay.
You need somewhere out of the way, that wont interfere with other kit, rattle, get lost or damaged.
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Does your tandem have S&S Couplers? If so, put them inside your top tube, through a piece of round foam that is cut round the same size as the inner top tube.
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I have a small styrofoam disc that I push a bunch of spokes into, wrap a small amount of tape on either end and throw them into my saddle post.
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In common with lots of the above, I tape them to a pannier stay with insulation tape. Easy to get at, won't get mislaid & never in the way. Take nipples for them too.

Regarding 'right length' discussions: when a spoke fails it's usually by the elbow where it laces into the hub. If you don't have the correct length spoke you can leave the original in place at the rim (nipple) end and lace your replacement into the hub. Lay the two spokes (the old one and the new one) alongside each other and then bend one around the other - sort of hooking them together and then twist them back on themselves. It doesn't look pretty but you can then adjust the tension and get the wheel operating normally again. BTW it makes sense to slacken the nipple off as far as possible BEFORE twisting the two spokes together. This worked for me on a tour when I was caught out - not by incorrect spoke lengths but (bizarrely) by the new spoke having a different nipple threading to the original broken one and me not having taken any nipples for the replacement spokes I was carrying.

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Originally Posted by sleizure View Post
I have a small styrofoam disc that I push a bunch of spokes into, wrap a small amount of tape on either end and throw them into my saddle post.
Outstanding idea. Thanks for sharing. I use a wine bottle cork to keep the spokes in the seatpost but the cork will dry out and not fit tightly. I may switch to the styrofoam method next time I pull my seatpost out of the frame. Although the cork has not slid out yet, it has felt pretty loose sometimes.
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