- Trail fixes for broken spokes
Out today and 4 spokes broke on my rear wheel. The wheel became so off true that it wouldnt freely rotate within my frame. This resulted in a long and arduous walk back to the car. In the past ive been able to fix/bodge most things on the trail to get riding again but this had me stumped. Are there any bodges for broken spokes whilst out riding or is it home time?Posted 4 years ago
Usually by tightening / loosening the surrounding spokes and some judiciously applied pressure you can get it true enough to ride home.
I ripped 6 spokes out of the drive side in the Alps when the mech hopped into it and managed to bodge it enough to ride the remaining 5k or so of descent.Posted 4 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
Not tried it but could you not have moved some non broken spokes to space them all out better, maybe with the missing spokes distributed through the non buckled section of the wheel?
Like I say I’ve not tried it. I use 823’s and they can happily carry on with a few missing spokes. I carry a Kevlar spoke, I tested it out on a wheel to see if it worked and it seemed fine but I haven’t used it in anger though.Posted 4 years agoghastlyrabbitfatMember
Broke one on Cut Gate.
Bend the broken ends of the spokes to form a small loop (pliers or E9 finger strength required – I carry a skeleton multi tool). Then back off the spoke nipple. Loop three tie wraps to link the two loops formed in the (broken) spoke ends. Use pliers or Captain Granitic finger strength to cinch up the tie wraps as tight as possible. Tighten up spoke nipple using – again – pliers or finger strength to hold loop and prevent ties from twisting.
Ride on without catching too much air.
Would have taken a pic but was extremely hacked off.Posted 4 years ago
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