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Jackov

Spooked about spokes

3 months ago I had several spokes replaced on my rear wheel.
Now I need several more replaced. What's going on?
sheeponabike

It ain't strong enough.

But don't worry, someone will be along in a minute to give you a three paragraph technical explanation.
headwind

which wheel? which spokes?
MerlinGuy

I had an '89 Trek 2300 which had weak spokes. At 195 lbs I broke quite a few while standing and cranking up the steep hills around Cincinnati. Luckily my bike shop had a great mech who would stop want he was doing to fix my wheels when I wobbled in from the middle of a ride.
berck

Time to get the wheel relaced. I'm a bit of big rider and after a while, the spokes start to pop. The suggestion to me is at that point, all the spokes should be replaced and the wheel relaced. Be sure to check for cracks in the wheel, because that could be part of the problem too.
Jackov

Ouch!
First:
MerlinGuy wrote:
... At 195 lbs I broke quite a few while standing and cranking up the steep hills ....

and then:
berck wrote:
I'm a bit of big rider and after a while, the spokes start to pop...


So the answer is the spokes are breaking because I'm a big fat tub of lard? Wink

Errrrr.....welll...yes....I do weigh 215lbs Embarassed

But that's why I've really started cycling a lot more these last couple of months (70-120 miles a week instead of 50-100 miles a month)
berck

I'm 220. 36 spoke wheels have no problem, the the smaller spoke counts usually aren't good for people > 200 lbs. I rode a 36 spoke wheel for years. The 32 spoke wheels have always started having problems after about a year of use (I ride about 3000 - 4000 miles per year). The low spoke wheels can be bad too.
Jackov

I thought my bike about 10 years old (my father was the original owner and my mother gave me the bike when my father died 4 years ago) but I just found the original documentation. It's 18 years old. Maybe I should get a new wheel (and chain and gear set)
sheeponabike

Jackov wrote:
I thought my bike about 10 years old (my father was the original owner and my mother gave me the bike when my father died 4 years ago) but I just found the original documentation. It's 18 years old. Maybe I should get a new wheel (and chain and gear set)


What kind of bike is it? Just interested as I inherited a bike when my dad died too. Is it steel?
Jackov

sheeponabike wrote:
What kind of bike is it? Just interested as I inherited a bike when my dad died too. Is it steel?


It's a Raleigh Technium mountain bike. I don't know what it is made of (made from solid technium Smile ). It weighs less than my old solid steel Schwinn (yellow, of course) that I had in the 70's. It is not featherweight.
forza_petacchi

Well, 18 years is a long time......what brand of wheel is it?
Dr.Wierd

Is going up to a thicker gauge spoke a possibility or is 14g the only ones out there?

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