Guess I'm out for the season

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  1. a.graham52

    a.graham52 New Member

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    Blew the rear tire again this morning half way though my commute.hitched a ride home to retrieve my truck and pick up the bike. Got to work and found a large screw through my bran-new tire and tube. After removing the tire and tube I also found four broken spokes. I have yet to inspect the remaining spokes as I have not removed the sprocket but figured I might as well call it a season. I'll accumulate upgrade parts over the winter and regroupe in the spring.
     
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    Man that sucks
     
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    Yes it does. AG I'd call a bike shop, ask about the spokes, maybe they can fix it up cheap.
     
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    yeah been there, done that (view attached link). they really wanted to just sell me a new 700c wheel at $75 a wheel. not a bad price for everyting.. but id hate to throw on a new wheel and still end up needing spokes down the road.

    http://motorbicycling.com/showthread.php?t=56283
    oh and slogger, thats my thread on my rear axle to, kind of go hand it hand with the other post i posted on your thread.
     
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    Edit: Nevermind, posted close enough didn't see your reply...
     
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    No worries haha. A hub adapter is on my mind now.
     
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    14 or 12 gauge spokes..out of interest
     
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    What's currently in it or what in planning to put in it
     
  9. Toothy

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    What gauge broke is what I was getting at.
     
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    Those would be 14's if they were stock.
     
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    Just replaced my 14's for the same reason. Hoping my 12's will hold up a lot better.
     
  12. Slogger

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    I was just thinking the same thing. That should take a little stress off the spokes. They aren't cheap, though. On the website it would've cost 97, off ebay it was 86 shipped.
    When you think about it, the power stress is still on the spokes, but it's spread to all the spokes, not just half.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Manic-Mechanic-Billet-Sprocket-Adapter-Sprocket-for-Motorized-Bicycle-Engine-/271460416527?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f344d3c0f
     
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    pirate cycle has some for $50 i think. i saw one on there today for "walmart" bikes
     
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    Most shops sell cheap stainless wheels that will at least get you rolling again

    After you break a few spokes the rim starts to be compromised, small stress fractures develop and rebuilding the wheel becomes dangerous
     
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    Yes, they're 50. The sprocket designed to bolt up to it costs 37 more. I guess any sprocket can be drilled to work with the adapter. I noticed the center hole in their sprocket was much larger than in the chinese ones, so I wouldn't have to enlarge it. I have no access to an end mill anymore, so I went for it.
    The cost might make sense when you think how easy it would be to remove/reinstall the sprocket from now on. 3 bolts.
    If the new 40 tooth I bought turns out to be too tall, I will drill the 44 and enlarge the hole with a hand drill and abrasive stone or something.
     
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    so i wen to the two local bike shops we have. neither of them want to respoke my wheel. i may be on my own here. one place just wants to sell me a wheel, other other place says its not worth their time and just plain wont do it.
     
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    A very rewarding skill.
     
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    oh im sure but if i had any hope of getting on the road before snow, that was it
     
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    for whatever its worth, you are ahead of the game with that wheel. You have spokes you can measure, so getting them should be easy. lacing a wheel is easy, but scary looking. If you already have broken spokes, you have very little to lose, it won't cost you much to replace them, and the skill you gain is well worth the attempt to fix it. You could be on the road in a few hours or a long afternoon. No matter what, this probably won't be the last spoke you break. I go through a handful every season. Wheels found in the garbage have lots of spokes that could fit. Keep your eyes on your neighbors' garbage.
     
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    alright guys. im going to start doing some repairs. couple simple questions from a novice. when i go to measure the spokes, where to i measure them to? from end of the threads to the inside/outside of the 90 degree bend or what?
     

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