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    spoke nipples

    Spoke nipples started breaking. Flange on the end was separating from the threaded part of the nipple. First two, then another then another.
    Decided best thing was to take it to lbs and let them replace all the nipples and true the wheel.
    Not sure what could cause that condition but replacing 32 nipples & truing the wheel is way beyond my patience quotient.

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    That sucks.

    Are they alloy? Are your spokes too loose?
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Sounds like a case of slightly too short spokes coupled with alloy nipples.

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    Everything seemed ok when I replaced the few initial broken nipples.
    Bought this bike off CL. I don't think the guy I bought it from knows diddly about maintenance. All of the components are stock. Just not very well maintained. Chunks of gunk in the wrong places. Chain was oiled, but not cleaned. Dirt from the local canyon in all of the grooves & tight spots. Cursory wipe down & lube looks like about all she got.
    That's ok, Dad's got her in hand now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Sounds like a case of slightly too short spokes coupled with alloy nipples.
    This. ^
    I like turtles

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