Goals – An Update

Well, April has been a horrible month for bike riding. Rain has come almost every day, and a few others were cold and windy. Not the best conditions for someone like me that doesn’t need much to skip a ride.

However, there were only two days where I could have ridden, but didn’t. The bad part is that there were only two days that I rode to work. There was also one weekend ride to the coffee shop. I’m hoping for better conditions in May, and I should also make myself a little less picky about conditions.

In my Goals post, I didn’t include any targets for May, so I’m going to continue my April plan of two rides per week. The weather will be better, and I hope to be more open to getting out.

Meanwhile, I’m still having trouble with my wobbly wheel.  After having Lynn and the gang fix a broken spoke, I noticed another as I was putting the wheel back on the bike.  Today, a mechanic found two others close to popping, and suggested a new wheel would be in order.  Holding off for now.

Is it true that an old wheel will cause spoke breakage?  I’m curious about the reason for that.  Please leave me a comment below if you have any thoughts on the subject.

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6 Responses to Goals – An Update

  1. Apertome says:

    You know, I’ve been told the same thing about a couple of my wheels. That basically, once you start breaking spokes, you basically have to replace it or you’ll just continue breaking them.

    I don’t really buy it, though. My GUESS is, if they knew (or if I know) how to properly tension my spokes, I’d be OK.

    I don’t think they’re trying to just make a sale, because I trust this shop pretty well. It might be out of their area of expertise, or maybe they just don’t want to deal with it. Definitely post an update if you figure anything out, because I’m basically in the same boat.

  2. tom says:

    I had lots of problems with broken spokes and bent rims. Spokes will keep a problem rim from causing trouble to a certain extent. But if it is bent, no amount of spoke tweaking will fix the problem. I went through two rims my first year bike commuting. Commuting can be hard on them (I promise I am not jumping curbs!). I think I broke about four spokes for going to a new rim. Finally went with a heavy touring rim and haven’t had a problem since. It was worth the investment.

  3. John says:

    I don’t know your weight but rear wheels with 32 spokes can handle about 220lbs max. Any more than that and there is too much stress on the wheel and spokes begin to loosen and break.

  4. Dan, I’m glad to see you’re riding and blogging again. I see that I have some catching up to do.

    I almost missed a comment of yours at Spokesrider because it ended up in the spam queue. I retrieved it and posted a reply, but also tried to send you an e-mail, which bounced back. So maybe that’s why your comment ended up in the spam queue.

    As to broken spokes, in May 2001 I had been plagued with them for about a year. On my first-ever ride into Lafayette, on a cold and rainy night, I found I had another broken spoke. I ended up taking the bike to John Cherry’s shop — picked it out of the phone book. He was kind enough to take my bike right away since I was a tourer passing through. I haven’t had a broken spoke since. There are some good bike shops where I live, but no good wheel builders like John Cherry.

    Some years later I took the same wheel back to him — it was no longer true. He no longer had his shop, but operated out of his home. He told me that he could true it, but it would probably not stay true, and showed me signs of metal fatigue. So I had him build me a new one, which has been good ever since. He does good work, but I’m not sure he’s even in the bicycle business any more.

    • Dan says:

      John Cherry’s expertise is sorely missed here in the Lafayette area.

      I always get good service from Hodson’s Bay Company across the river in West Lafayette. I haven’t yet visited Old School Cycles, but I’ve heard good things.

  5. Tim says:

    My understanding is that spoke life is such that once they start breaking, they’ll keep breaking. And by the the replacements start breaking, the sidewall is then compromised and thinned out and henceforth the rim should be replaced. But what do I know? Not much.

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