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    Bent Spoke!?

    It looks like I have a bent spoke.




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    Cool.

    Nothing to worry about.
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    Just caught a stick in the wheel, should be no problem.

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    scars are sweet.
    should i have it straightened/tightened.

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    Nope, leave it alone. Ping it with your fingernail and listen to the tone compared to the others. Unless it's tone is "dead", it is not loose.

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    It's also worth giving your wheel a spin and seeing if it's still running true.

    One of my spokes has been bent for close to a year. It happens to bikes that get ridden off-road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    It's also worth giving your wheel a spin and seeing if it's still running true.

    One of my spokes has been bent for close to a year. It happens to bikes that get ridden off-road.
    This.

    Pluck the spoke like a guitar string and compare the pitch to the neighboring spokes. As long as the pitch is similar you should still have a relatively true wheel. If it is a lower pitch, grab a torque wrench and tighten it a quarter or half turn until the pitch is similar to the neighboring spokes pulling from the same side of the hub (ie, compare nondrive side spokes to one another, drive side spokes will always be tighter/higher pitched).

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    if you tire spins true, no warp don't worry about it.

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    Is it still holding tension? Should be fine

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    Not much to worry about. Since I built my wheels I would deflate the tire and demount that area on one side. Clip the spoke 4" down and push it and the nipple out. Weave in a new on and reverse thread a lubed nipple onto another spoke and poke it through and start it unto the new lubed spoke end. Bring it up to tension with the TM-1 or by pinging. Cost a buck and take less time then this.

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