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What do you do if you break a rear/driveside spoke ????(7 posts)

What do you do if you break a rear/driveside spoke ????PeterRider
Aug 19, 2002 10:40 AM
Is there a good way of removing a broken spoke on the driveside ? It happened twice to me and I didn't manage without removing the cassette.

So what if it happens while you are on the road ? Also, even if you remove the broken spoke, how do you insert the new spoke or the kevlar emergency spoke ?? The cassette is in the way all the time. Or is there small tools for removing the cassette that you can carry on a ride ?

I bet that if you don't put any replacement spoke, it is rather difficult to get the wheel reasonably straight by loosening non-drive and tightening drive sides, since the drive side is already the one with the biggest load...

Symptoms vs. Causegrzy
Aug 19, 2002 10:51 AM
You can treat one or the other, you're choosing the former when addressing the later would probably be more appropriate. What do I mean by this double speak? If you're breaking spokes then there is a problem with your wheel and how it's being used. You can either carry a bunch of tools and spare parts where ever you go riding OR you can yank the wheel and get it professionaly rebuilt by a skilled wheel builder. If done correctly you won't have any wheel problems unless you're a large humanoid that likes to hit things on purpose while riding. It's similar to the difference between buying a huge supply of facial tissues or getting a flu shot. I ride a fair amount on really crappy mountain roads, crash sometimes, and am known for being really hard on my toys, but I no longer have wheel problems b/c I only use quality wheels. There's really no such thing as a cheap wheel - you either pay up front or over time.
re: What do you do if you break a rear/driveside spoke ????Chen2
Aug 19, 2002 11:06 AM
I agree with grzy, but to answer your question about what to do when you're on the road and break a spoke, I've never broken a spoke but I have helped other people get home on wheels with broken spokes. What I did was twist the broken spoke around the next spoke and then loosen a spoke on the opposite side. This way the wheel could turn with the brake caliper release open. I carry a spoke wrench with me.
Used to be a tool called a Cassette Cracker...Silverback
Aug 19, 2002 1:55 PM
Grzy's right--if you find the cause, you can pretty well eliminate the problem. But in answer to another question--there used to be a small tool called a Cassette Cracker, about 4 inches long, that would remove a cassette on the road. You pulled the wheel and skewer, put one end of the tool into the cassette, then put the wheel back into the frame and pedaled forward so the other end of the tool caught on the chainstay. A miracle occurred and the cassette came off, so you could replace the spoke.
I used to carry one on tours or long, remote MB rides with a spare spoke or two taped to a stay. It's still in the garage somewhere. Haven't seen one for sale in years, though.
It never fails. Broke first spoke last night. (nm)Chen2
Aug 20, 2002 9:53 AM
Also depends on the wheelKerry
Aug 19, 2002 4:53 PM
If you have a 32 spoke wheel, you can true the wheel more than well enough to ride it home. Except the replacement spokes with the jogged end, you need to remove the cassette unless you have high flange hubs and a very small large cog. I never thought much of the jogged end spokes anyway. And, as others have said, spoke breakage should be so rare that you really don't need to consider it an issue. If this is becomming something you think you need to be good at, it's time for a rebuild.
If it's just one, wrap it around, open your brakes, and ride.Quack
Aug 20, 2002 6:44 AM
Broken spokes are definitely not designed to be roadside repairs. If you're snapping them frequently, find out what's going on with the wheel that's causing them to break. If you're of the clydesdale variety or a basher, increasing the spoke count of your wheels will distribute the load a little more and help the problem. Otherwise, just get a good wheel guy to go through your wheels and give them the OK.