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Broken spoke!

PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:09 am
by sati8d
Came home a couple of days ago to find a broken spoke laying on the driveway. Took me a second to figure out what I was holding in my hand...and then it clicked and sure enough I have a broken spoke off my back rim. The GS Adv has a pretty beefy rim so I'm really surprised. Not looking forward to taking all that apart to replace it, but it should be pretty straight-forward - right?
Anybody else do this job?

Re: Broken spoke!

PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:30 pm
by Genen8kua
Tony, here's some wisdom from Woody. If your wheel is still true and round it shouldn't be that big a deal & if it's not, it will need professional help. Spoke tightening is part of the routine maintenance for those wheels. Did it actually break or come loose and fall out? Though I know you're very gentle on your bike, I wonder about the broken spoke's being a symptom of some other damage. Bottom line, though, is that it can be replaced readily if the wheel's still round and true.

Re: Broken spoke!

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:27 am
by ERC Scott
[quote="Genen8kua" Spoke tightening is part of the routine maintenance for those wheels. [/quote]

Hey Gene, it's been a long time since any of my bikes have had wire spokes. But, I do remember the days of my youth guessing (literally :? ) spoke tension. I do wonder how many people with wire wheels are regularly checking/tightening their spokes? Alloy wheels for me -- not a big adventure ride guy on my bikes :lol: Scott

Re: Broken spoke!

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:35 am
by Unity
ERC Scott wrote:[I do remember the days of my youth guessing (literally :? ) spoke tension.

tink tink tink tink thud

--John

Re: Broken spoke!

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:25 pm
by ERC Scott
Unity wrote:
ERC Scott wrote:[I do remember the days of my youth guessing (literally :? ) spoke tension.

tink tink tink tink thud

--John


Yep -- that's the drill!

Re: Broken spoke!

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:31 pm
by Genen8kua
This thread from ADVrider is a pretty good one concerning the BMW cross spoke wheels. A bit different from the old ones or the madness into which those of us with pedal cycles occasionally descend.

Re: Broken spoke!

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:56 pm
by sati8d
Great info Gene - thanks.
I can't quite figure out where it happened. Must have been on a stump when I dropped the bike in WV. I don't remember any hard hits or rocks bouncing up in there.... oh I know, it was a shark when I was crossing one of the 4 water crossings!

Re: Broken spoke!

PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:20 am
by Unity
Every time this "Broken Spoke!" thread comes up I do a little mental recital of the chorus from "Carolyn at the Broken Wheel Inn":

Dry Branch Fire Squad wrote:Well, Rose, if you hear me try to forgive me
Cause I feel it coming on me again
Come Saturday night I'll be in El Paso
With Carolyn at the broken wheel Inn

--John
(Others have probably covered it -- I first heard it on a John Starling album, "Long Time Gone".)