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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!
Honestly...funknuggets
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.

Chris
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.

Doug
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.
headDougSloan
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.
kindaDougSloan
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.

Doug
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!