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Zip ties on only some spokes

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by adberns, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. adberns

    adberns Adventurer

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    I know it's been discussed many-a-time about Zip-tie-ing your spokes together. My question - I have two spokes that are stripped - one on the front, one on the back. I want to prevent them from flying off, so I was thinking about just Zip tie-ing these spokes. Would this work, or would it cause the wheel to have a tight spot where the zip tie was?

    Are Zip ties an all-or-nothing kind of thing on the spokes?
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  2. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    Why wouldn't you just replace the striped nipples and/or spokes?? GH:ear:ear:ear:ear:ear
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  3. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    under the duct tape, what color is your KLR?
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  4. Dexter!

    Dexter! Long timer

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  5. Dunkel

    Dunkel Adventurer

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    I would recommend fixing the broken spokes before you stress the adjacent ones and make it worse.

    With that said, if it was a bike that I wasn't riding hard (around town, no offroading or goaty roads) I'd just remove the stripped spoke and ride it.
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  6. adberns

    adberns Adventurer

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    :rofl

    OK, OK, I get the point! :)

    I may just remove the stripped spoke from each wheel and ride out the rest of the season - I only ride gravel and pavement. This winter its going to get new tires anyways, and I plan on replacing the spokes then.
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  7. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    Missing or loose spokes causes the stress balance in the wheel to become skewed, causing other spokes to loosen or break. You are asking for problems by removing the broken spokes and continuing to ride, even on gravel. It's not that big a deal to replace the spokes.
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  8. adberns

    adberns Adventurer

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    Roger that. I'll go ahead and get the tire off tonight.

    Thanks for the help, everyone!
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