- 1 Should you lube spokes?
- 2 What oil do you use for bike spokes?
- 3 What causes spokes to break on a bicycle?
- 4 How tight should spokes be?
- 5 Do new bike wheels need grease?
- 6 What to put on spoke threads?
- 7 Can you ride a bicycle with a broken spoke?
- 8 Can bicycle spokes be replaced?
- 9 How much does it cost to fix bike spokes?
Should you lube spokes?
Thread lubrication 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. Not much oil or compound is needed – just enough to fill the fine threads.
What oil do you use for bike spokes?
Yep, linseed oil is also good but spoke prep and linseed oil lasts longer and makes for less spoke windup during building/tensioning and future truing.
What causes spokes to break on a bicycle?
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.
How tight should spokes be?
The spokes should feel tight and firm. They should have just a little give when you squeeze them fairly hard. Squeeze a few spokes on other bikes to get an idea of how they should feel. It is rare for spokes to be too tight, but it is very common for them to be too loose.
Do new bike wheels need grease?
Unless the old bearings were damaged, this will keep them running nicely until the next time it’s needed. Since they’re so well sealed, cartridge bearings tend to stay clean inside. So you don’t always need to clean them. Pushing in fresh grease is all it takes to get good bearings nice and smooth again.
What to put on spoke threads?
Spoke threads and spoke holes in the rim should generally be lubricated with light grease or oil to allow the nipples to turn freely enough to get the spokes really tight. This is less important than it used to be due to the higher quality of modern spokes, nipples and rims, but it is still a good practice.
Can you ride a bicycle with a broken spoke?
Can you ride a bike with a broken spoke? Yes, you can ride with a broken spoke without harming yourself or the bike. The immediate step should be to remove the spoke from the nipple so that it does not damage the other parts of the bike. However, if you have multiple broken spokes, it’s best not to ride the bike.
Can bicycle spokes be replaced?
A broken or bent wheel spoke can cause further problems with your bike, but replacing it is easy. Tools: adjustable wrench, two tire irons, wire cutter, bicycle spoke wrench, file, bicycle pump.
How much does it cost to fix bike spokes?
Broken spoke replacement typically costs between $25 and $35.