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When do I have to replace worn or rounded spoke nipples?

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Asked by: Johnnie Bishop

You only need to replace them when the pliers thing gets too irritating. And, of course, replacing the nipples now will make on-the-road repairs more feasible. Note that rounded-off nipples aren’t much of a structural problem. It just makes them really difficult to work with for service/repair.

How do you get rid of rounded spoke nipples?

Quote from video: Strip the only way to take off the nipple is to unscrew it from the inside of the rim.

Can you replace spoke nipples?

Quote from video: But how do you get the new nipple the replacement nipple back through the valve hole. And back up to here to where you want it.

Should spoke nipples be lubricated?

Nipple and spoke threads, like almost all threads on bicycles, should be lubricated to allow proper tension to be achieved without dry threads binding and sticking due to friction.

What spoke nipples do I need?

Length: Spoke nipples are usually 12, 14 or 16mm in length. If using aluminum nipples, the spokes should be long enough to engage the full length of spoke nipple threads so that the load is carried from spoke to the top of the nipple.

How do you change a spoke without removing a tire?

Quote from video: Just going to thread it the full length of the threads. On the spoke like that. And now I'm going to pull the spoke back into the hub. And get the hub nut seated.

How do you use a spoke wrench?

Quote from video: The black black fits the tightest. You basically want to get the tightest. Fitting spoke wrench or nipple wrench. But start at the top bring it down get a good match.

Can I reuse spokes and nipples?

Is It Ok To Re-Use Spoke Nipples? It’s not advisable to re-use spoke nipples because they’re made of soft material (aluminum or brass) and can therefore be damaged when dissembling an old wheel and building a new one with the same set.

When should I replace bicycle spokes?

A faulty spoke might break anywhere. If an otherwise undamaged spoke has snapped at the thread or in the straight section between rim and hub, it was probably faulty. A faulty or damaged spoke should simply be replaced.

How much does it cost to replace bike spokes?

Labor Rates

Spoke Replacement (Includes wheel truing, does include spokes)Â $25.00
Spoke Replacement with Tune-Up $10.00 $30.00*
Remove / Install Cassette on Bike $10.00 $15.00

What oil do you use on spokes?

Quote from video: There's two ways of going about that one it's linseed oil which is commonly available from an art supply store because it's used for thinning oil paints. The other is spoke prep.

Can you use chain lube on spokes?

Quote from video: But they've actually been using something called boiled linseed oil and boiled linseed oil can be applied to this to the threads of the spokes.

How do you make spoke wheels?

Quote from video: So that is all what has left now i'm going to make a template for a spoke to you you can download template for 28.

Is Spoke Prep necessary?

A vital step in bicycle wheel building is prepping the spokes with some kind of spoke prep. There are two reasons to prep spokes: Provides lubrication while you are lacing and truing the wheel. It becomes like a thread-lock after it the wheel is laced.

Can I ride my MTB with a broken spoke?

You can technically ride with a broken/missing spoke, but it is not ideal. The missing spoke is going to put pressure on the others, and it will cause bigger problems if you don’t replace it.

Can you ride a bike with one broken spoke?

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Can bike spokes be replaced?

Fitting a replacement is easier than you think. Spokes can snap. Not often, and perhaps never if your bike has well-built wheels with enough spokes each to share the load. But even if you’re not very heavy and your wheels have plenty of spokes each to share the load better, they can break.

Where do spokes usually break?

Most decent spokes break, when they break, at the bend where they go into the hub. A less obvious bend, only now and then but often enough to mention, is where it exits the spoke nipple.

Where do spokes normally break?

Spokes normally break at the hub, or where they reach the nipple. If yours has gone at the hub end you can usually unscrew it using a spoke key and leave the nipple in place. On a rear wheel you may need to remove the cassette first.

What causes bike spokes to break?

Bike spokes break most commonly due to wear and tear. A high-frequent cause for spoke breaks is that the rider has hit a curb or pothole, doesn’t maintain the bike well, or the passenger is too heavy for that model. Rougher terrain will also deteriorate the rims faster, which in turn deteriorates the spokes faster.

Should I ride with a broken spoke?

If you have just one broken spoke, it’s perfectly safe to keep riding. However, that one broken part could damage other parts of your bike if you do not take care of it in time. Every spoke in the wheel is crucial to maintaining the right tension and balance in your bike.

How long can I ride with a broken spoke?

You should be fine as long as you can secure that broken spoke to the nearest spoke either by twisting it around the good spoke, or securing it with a piece of duct tape or bandaid which all bikers should carry. As long as you’re sure it won’t get loose and get into the derailleur or brake.