|Bend in a spoke||lotterypick|
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.
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.
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 is||lotterypick|
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.
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!|| |