Broke Spoke

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by viniga, 8 Apr 2010.

  1. viniga

    viniga Über Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    For the first time I broke a spoke out on a run. Back wheel was going over some uneven tarmac and 'twang'.

    Wheel is a Planet X Model B wheel set, 2 months old with about 400 miles on it. It has bladed spokes.

    First question: I would assume I have a warranty case here? Should I try to get the wheel replaced or just ask nicely for a new spoke?

    Second: I rode the bike back home - trimmed my speed and avoided potholes like crazy... how risky was this? Was I in danger of my back wheel collapsing at any time? These wheels don't have that many spokes and I wasn't sure how much it was compromised.

    Third - assuming I get a new spoke, what's the best way to fit it? Is this an LBS job? (I have trued the obb obvious buckle in my time).
     
  2. PpPete

    PpPete Guru

    Location:
    Chandler's Ford
    I'd ask Planet X for at least a couple of spare spokes.
    Not sure what fitting these are to the hub. If a conventional "elbow" type spoke then you can certainly fit them yourself. Don't worry about bending them to lace them through the existing spokes - the tension should be enough to remove any residual bend.



    No clue how risky this is. The fact that you're asking the question makes me think you are worried! I wouldn't be, but then I ride 36 spoke 3X :biggrin: which will likely still be useable even after multiple spoke loss.

     
  3. accountantpete

    accountantpete Legendary Member

    No spoke should break after such a short time(given normal usage).

    Return to Planet X would be my first option - you could get a Sapim Aero spoke to replace it and it shouldn't be too big a job re-truing the wheel.
     
  4. 02GF74

    02GF74 Über Member

    you don't mention how many spokes you have but one pinged isn't gonna make the wheel collapse.

    A friend on mtb - 32 spoke had 3 or maybe 4 broken spokes and she still rode on it; not sure how I spotted it but the wheel did not collapse.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    viniga

    viniga Über Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Thanks for the replies, I'll contact Planet X. Luckily I do have a spare wheel but I was worried last night about whether I should be riding the bike, sounds like it was fine.
     
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