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Broken spokes, are they common?(7 posts)

Broken spokes, are they common?txcross
May 12, 2003 7:54 AM
This weekend on a 60 mile charity ride I broke a spoke on the rear non-drive side right at the hub, does this happen to others out there?

It broke at about mile 30 while climbing a hill and I decided to finish the ride with my remaining 31 spokes. Replaced the spoke and inspected the wheel and it didn't seem to do any damage.

So, how many spokes do you have to break before you sag it in on a 32 spoke wheel?
depends on the wheelstan_b
May 12, 2003 8:09 AM
I had a horrible time with my 2000 Specialized Allez Elite. I finally gave up and got different wheels - have not broke a spoke since.

It should be a rare occurence. If you break them on a regular basis something is wrong with your wheel set up and it's probably not the spokes themselves.
Depends on the build quality.jw25
May 12, 2003 11:26 AM
If the wheel was properly built, with balanced spoke tension, proper spoke tension, and decent stress relief, the spokes should outlast the rim.
Of course, this assumes a reasonable number of spokes for the purpose, and matching spoke weight to the rim strength, but in general, breaking spokes regularly means one of two things.
Either the wheel wasn't built right, most likely with inadequate spoke tension, or the spokes have reached the end of their fatigue life, typically after years of service.
Of course, a single spoke can go if there's a weak spot, but modern production methods all but eliminate this.
Should be extremely rare for well-built wheels (nm)geeker
May 12, 2003 8:21 AM
re: Broken spokes, are they common?gtx
May 12, 2003 8:29 AM
I usually consider the first one to be a fluke. When a second one breaks I usually rebuild the wheel.
Unless you're loaded touring it should be rare.dzrider
May 12, 2003 9:18 AM
The added weight of rear panniers will breakthem on the drive side. If they're breaking on the non-drive side it's often because the spokes aren't tight enough. I agree with the poster who said 1's a fluke, another one any time soon and rebuild.
here's a good article from Sheldon Browncyclopathic
May 12, 2003 9:19 AM

I have a friend who had this problem and halfradial build fixed it