One bust spoke – will I die?
Just seen that my commuter/hack bike has one loose, bent spoke on the front wheel (26inch). It’s an old bike.
My head says it’s ok since so many spokes there next to it. It’s only to be ridden on city rodes and the odd path.
Is it safe? What do people reckon?
Thanks..Posted 3 months agogt56Member
You might not die, but your chances are increased.. From personal experience one broken spoke gives about 20 minutes of riding before wheel implosion.. Quickly becomes way out of true and brake pads rubbing etc. Get it sorted there’s a reason the spokes are equally distributedPosted 3 months agoNorthwindSubscriber
First time I went to Fort William I noticed a broken spoke as I was putting my bike on the train. Couldn’t find a straight pull in fw so I just went riding- full day on the chairlift and another day razzing around the forest later and the wheel was fairly unround but it didn’t cause any bother. Put a new spoke in it when I got home, trued it back up, kept on using it for 4 more years.Posted 3 months agovincienupSubscriber
If you have disc brakes you’ll do better than rim brakes as the wheel will tend to go out of true faster with uneven tension caused by one broken spoke.
If it’s a typical 32 spoke 3-cross wheel and you aren’t hammering it (kerb drops, big potholes etc) then it’s going to stay rideable quite a long time (probably) but you should certainly be planning spoke replacement soon. It’s a quick and easy job if you get a replacement of the right sort of length (LBS should be able to tell you what size you need if you show them the wheel). It’s probably going to take longer to remove the wheel and take the tyre off and refit it than it will take to refit a single spoke.
Plenty of reasonable guides online, all you need is a serviceable spoke wrench.Posted 3 months agoAmbroseMember
I’d suggest that the front wheel of a commuter bike doesn’t get really badly stressed, in the grand scheme of things. You’ll be fine and it will not lead to your immediate demise.
I have occasionally run Alpine reds with a missing rear spoke or two. Not ideal but I replaced them ASAP. I’m 100kg.
Replace the spoke when you can, it’s a really easy job.Posted 3 months ago
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