I was so looking forward to getting out today and do some serious riding. I even left work early. It didn’t happen. I got a little over two miles from the house and I heard the dreaded pop. I knew immediately what it was. At least I got some exercise walking home. Question? For those that ride, do you do your own repairs such as replacing spokes? Do you keep such items in stock?
Lisa Dorenfest said:
Do you follow Sue Slaught from @traveltalesoflife ? She and her hubby Dave have done some major cycling (Peru, SE Asia). They might have some ideas 💡
I’ll look them up. Thanks for your input.
Sue is a good friend of mine. She rides, she does not wrench. Not.even a little bit.
I do keep spoke nipples handy but if you break them often, the problem is the rim and your weight. I had a set of wheels I regularly broke nipples on. I picked up sturdier hoops at Velocity and had the wheels rebuilt. Rims were $100 each and lacing them up was $30 each.
No more broken spoke nipples.
I guess I need to stock some nipples and spokes. Honestly, I don’t have the patience to spend the time truing the wheels. I understand it can be quite time consuming, espesially if you don’t know what your doing. Thanks for the valuable information. This is something that I’m going to have to learn to save a few bucks.
I SUCK at truing wheels and I can’t figure out why. I need more practice or something.
Velocity has a “Clydesdale” line and they are reasonably priced. You should check those out. Also, if you rebuild with new hoops, be sure to pick one that closely matches your current wheel profile so you can reuse the hubs and spokes… and get the number of holes right!