|How do I fix my broken spoke||custard|
May 28, 2001 4:22 PM
|It broke today and I had no idea that it would have such a negative effect. I have a Giant with Open Pro Mavic. Can I just pop one in and re-tighted. It seems so hard to believe the wheel is so much out of balance just because of one tiny spoke. I do I true up the spoke to make sure the tire is balanced.|
|re: How do I fix my broken spoke||fuzzybunnies|
May 28, 2001 7:21 PM
|A new spoke can be laced in make sure the new one is facing the same way as the old one. As long as the break didn't occure due to an impact you can just tighten it down till the rim is about straight though you will probably need to tighten the two on either side of it that are on the same side of the wheel since they may have loosened a little when the rim moved. If you're not to certain of what you're doing take it to the lbs and ask if you can watch. If they're not too busy they shouldn't have a problem with it. TTFN|
|Find a good wheelman and take it to him.||Spoke Wrench|
May 29, 2001 7:19 AM
Besides the obvious fix of replacing the broken spoke, you need to figure out why it broke and solve the underlying problem. Otherwise you are doomed to continue breaking spokes and becoming increasingly frustrated.
You didn't say but my bet is you broke a non-drive spoke on the rear wheel. If you turn the hub so that the broken spoke is at the top, I'll bet it goes toward the front of the bike. That has become common since the advent of 8 and 9 speed cassettes. The solution is to retension the whole rear wheel to be sure that the left side spokes have adequate tension. If you find a good wheel guy, it will probably only cost you about $25.00 to permanently fix it.