How do I repair a bicycle?
- Taking the Wheel off the Bicycle Use an upright bike stand to elevate the wheel while you work. Loosen the nuts on the wheel axle with a wrench. Disconnect the brakes if they’re in the way of taking off the wheel. Pull the chain out of the way if you’re removing the back wheel. Slide the wheel free from the bike.
- 1 What causes broken spokes on a bicycle?
- 2 How long can I ride with a broken spoke?
- 3 How much do spokes cost?
- 4 Can I tighten my spokes?
- 5 Can you ride with a loose spoke?
- 6 Should I tighten a loose spoke?
- 7 How long should spokes last?
- 8 Where do spokes normally break?
- 9 How do you stop spokes from breaking?
What causes broken spokes on a bicycle?
Bike spokes break most commonly due to wear and tear. A high-frequent cause for spoke breaks is that the rider has hit a curb or pothole, doesn’t maintain the bike well, or the passenger is too heavy for that model. Rougher terrain will also deteriorate the rims faster, which in turn deteriorates the spokes faster.
How long can I ride with a broken spoke?
Exactly How Long Can I Ride My Mountain Bike with a Broken Spoke? If you’ve only broken one spoke, you should be fine to ride it for an average ride or two. However, you shouldn’t take it on any particularly rough trails or on long rides. It will be wobblier, so be cautious, and get it replaced as soon as possible.
How much do spokes cost?
Spokes are usually $1.00 – $2.00 each. Any shop will sell individual spokes. Labor to replace a spoke is $10 – $20 depending on your location.
Can I tighten my spokes?
To tighten spokes, you don’t actually turn the spoke. Instead, you turn the nipple that holds the spoke into the rim. Imagine using a screwdriver to tighten the nipple from the tire side of the rim, then turn the nipple the same way using a spoke wrench on the spoke side of the rim, and you’ll be fine.
Can you ride with a loose spoke?
Never ride with a loose spoke. The friction created will cause the rider to burst into flames and may even cause the Earth to slip off it’s axis.
Should I tighten a loose spoke?
Generally speaking, when you tighten loose spokes on the bicycle wheel on one side of the rim, it should pull in that direction. Loosening it has the opposite effect. You don’t want to over-tighten one side and under-tighten another just to get the wheel into shape.
How long should spokes last?
In my experience, spokes last virtually forever. And I’ve got 30lbs on you. Of course there’s too many variables to say “how long do spokes last”. A low spoke count poorly built wheel with a heavy rider is going to go through spokes much quicker than a high spoke count quality built wheel with a regular sized rider.
Where do spokes normally break?
Most decent spokes break, when they break, at the bend where they go into the hub. A less obvious bend, only now and then but often enough to mention, is where it exits the spoke nipple. Sometimes the nipple doesn’t seat well, and you get a bend there.
How do you stop spokes from breaking?
The best way to avoid spoke fatigue is to go to a skilled builder, who will advise on spoke count and rim weight (heavier rims are stronger…) and use correct spoke tension and proven stress-relieving techniques to minimise the cyclic loading responsible for fatigue failure.