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Bend in a spoke(9 posts)

Bend in a spokelotterypick
Nov 17, 2003 7:48 AM
I've got the Shimano Dura Ace wheelset.
A front spoke has a bend in it.

Is that something that should be replaced? I've never had nice wheels before and there aren't many spokes on this thing.

Should I do it myself or have the shop do it? I don't want to take it off and have the whole thing collapse on itself!
Nov 17, 2003 7:56 AM
If you have to ask that question, then have a shop do it. It will be much cheaper and safer for you and your wheel. Lets just say I wish I had that knowledge the first time I broke a spoke. I got a new spoke...fine. I laced it... fine. Then tensioned it by hand without a stand or it being on the bike... big mistake. I tacoed that thing something fierce.... anyway... your shop should be able to fix that for you for under $15.

For the long term, get a wheelbuilding book. It is a fun and holistic part of bicycle maintenance. Go with the easy 32 hole stuff first... more forgiving.

I did get to rebuild my front wheel on my mtn bike this weekend!!! Fun stuff.

I'll seelotterypick
Nov 17, 2003 8:44 AM
what Doug says about the bend location.

As for doing things myself, that sounds like it'd be a fun.

I have a spin doctor truing stand, would that be enough, with a book for a good start?

I had my 9 and 7 year olds take off their BMX wheels and install Tuffy liners on. THis was their first experience with working on their bikes besides cleaning their chains with my chain cleaner. I think they liked doing it.
don't worryDougSloan
Nov 17, 2003 8:04 AM
The bend at the head is much more severe than anything else you can do to a spoke (unless the Shimano's are straight pull, but even then it should be ok). I've read that this is no concern whatsoever. Purely aesthetic.

The bend islotterypick
Nov 17, 2003 8:40 AM
About one inch from the nipple near the rim.

I just wanted to be sure that you're statement about being at the head doesn't apply. Thanks.
Nov 17, 2003 9:08 AM
Nearly all spokes are bent about 90 degrees in a very tight arc at the head. That's about as severe as it gets, and they generally work perfectly ok. A mild bend like you get in the middle of the spoke won't hurt anything.
So what you're saying is:lotterypick
Nov 17, 2003 9:32 AM
IF the bend were at the rim, then the spoke at that section would be bent more than 90 degrees. That might be a cause for concern.

Since mine is 1 inch from the rim and much less than 90 degree, then it shouldn't be a problem.

Thanks for your help. Just didn't want to endo on the pavement.
Nov 17, 2003 9:39 AM
All I'm saying is that spokes withstand a 90 degree bend with no concern. Anything less is of less concern.

Hehehehe.................Mike Tea
Nov 17, 2003 11:17 AM
.....I was just going to post the same thing and was just checking to see if any other smart-alec had beaten me to it!