How to Replace a Spoke on a Bicycle Wheel

How to Replace a Spoke on a Bicycle Wheel
Stress, strain and accidents can break a spoke on your bicycle wheel. A broken spoke should not be neglected, because it hurts the structural integrity of the wheel. Most bike shops sell a variety of spokes, and replacement is a job that's well within the capabilities of the do-it-yourself bike mechanic.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Replacement spoke and nipple Spoke wrench
  • Replacement spoke and nipple
  • Spoke wrench
 
Step 1
Take your wheel off of the bike, remove the tire and tube, and peel back the rim tape. Unscrew the broken spoke from the spoke nipple on the outside of the rim.
Step 2
Take off the old spoke and nipple, and put the new spoke nipple in place.
Step 3
Feed the replacement spoke through the center flange of your wheel, then pull it through until the curved end of the spoke is securely seated in place. Position the spoke into the same position as the old spoke.
Step 4
Put some light machine oil onto the nipple. Thread the new spoke into the nipple, turning it clockwise to tighten with a spoke wrench.
Step 5
With the spoke replaced, put the rim tape, tube and tire back onto the wheel. Put the wheel back onto your bike.
 

Article Written By Nichole Liandi

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.

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