Rear wheel woes...

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Cowled_Wolfe, Nov 14, 2007.

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  1. Cowled_Wolfe

    Cowled_Wolfe Guest

    Well, this sure has been a pretty bad month for rear wheels...

    Last week:
    I was riding home from work when "thwink!", six spokes died all at once on the ring-side of my GEBE setup. So I bought new spokes for the whole side, and ordered a new 12g GEBE wheel...

    After installing the new spokes, I knew they wouldn't last long because I needed some pretty uneven tension to straiten the rim (my rim went WAY out of whack with the six-spoke-at-once-breakage).

    I rode to work on the new GEBE wheel now that it's here. I did use my old axle, for quick-release goodness... It was a wise decision, too, because on my way home from work I heard a "pthhhhsssss" as my rear tire went flat.

    After walking the last 1/4 mile home, I determined that my tire wasn't punctured -- the rear tube simply had enough and died. No problem -- I installed my No More Flats replacement...

    Five Minutes Later:
    On a whim, I decided to use my on-the-road repair kit to inflate my tube. In the process, I managed to destroy my tire pump. The tube was cheap plastic, which ended up splitting strait up the side.

    Oh well, the pump was a cheapy. So I ended up inflating the tire with our good ol' air compressor... Oops! One more casualty tonight! My tire had a giant bulge where the sidewall turned out to be worn through.


    So that's about it. My bike's rear sure has been a pain in MY rear... But I must admit, as I replace broken bits with stronger bits, my bike just gets stronger and stronger.

    Anyone else had similar experiences when they first went motorized?


    (Oh, and I broke my mirror's arm too while removing the rear wheel... But at least I can fix that!)

    EDIT:Sorry, I should have clarified... I'm just looking for stories of things breaking in general when motors were added (and sharing my own of course). I'd sort of like to see what components tend to fail during the motorization process.
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  2. highrider

    highrider Guest

    broke a spoke on two different wheels myself.
  3. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Reading threads like this makes me more comfortable with my decision to spend the dough to have The Wheelmaster lace up a wheel with 9 or 10g spokes.
  4. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    Wolfe the search function is working for me ;) . Try searching broken spokes. :D

    I have not broken a self laced n' tyed Wheelsmith 14g spoke yet. I have a GEBE R/S 35, weigh 235# and don't think my HT MTB is a dirt bike to be jumping up and down curbs. Just about all the roads I ride are in decent shape and those that are not are ridden with looking ahead at the road surface instead of gawking at female pedestrians.

    NOTE: This should have been posted in the Rackmount Forum and added to an existing thread.
  5. Cowled_Wolfe

    Cowled_Wolfe Guest

    See the edit above. :)
  6. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    I was riding home once, and I noticed the front tire being really weird to steer, but I ignored. then 2 miles from my house, i noticed the wheel and tube flopping along next to the rim and the rim grinding on the asphalt!!! all the air went out without me noticing and that rim and tire was totally trashed! it was a nice all black wheel with whitewall tire.

    and when i fixed that, the rear tire tube blew, and blew its replacement, and then i found messed up spokes and had to replace THAT.
  7. smitty

    smitty Guest

    When I first motorized my bike, the rear wheel was in good shape, but after two weeks it broke two spokes on the drive side. I replaced those and it instantly broke six more, also on the drive side. At that point I "rebuilt" the left (drive) side with the heaviest stainless steel spokes available at my local bike shop, and have had no problems since.
  8. atcspaul

    atcspaul Guest

    some of the kits come with the rear sprocket only having 5 bolts to hold. i had spokes breaking a lot and went to a 9 hole and haven't had one break since. maybe just coincidence but i don't think so
  9. busted spokes

    When you guy's feel the need I'll build you a wheel that comes with a lifetime gaurantee, #10 gauge spokes are holding up without any troubles, pm me if your interested ......;)
  10. BSA

    BSA Guest

    On my bike the chain tensioner slipped and ended up breaking two spokes. It still worked fine, but it was not very strait.

  11. The only wheel spoke problem I've had was the stock diamond back rear rim. Somehow the spokes kept loosening and I had to push a spoke out of the way to get the sprocket on. It's a fairly expensive rim as far as bicycles used as bicycles go with the quick connect wing nut but I soon gave up on this. My replacement rim is from a 10 dollar thrift store Huffy 26" mountain bike you find all over the place. This is a cheap rim as far as rims go and is plentiful.
    What I noticed about this rim immediately is that it readilly accepted the solid tube installation and I never worry about a flat again.
    The sprocket went on like this is the prototype rim used by the Chineese to measure the holes cause it was an effortless installation with no spokes getting in the way.
    And it's been almost 800 miles now since I switched my rim and the spokes are still tight.
    So as far as Happy time goes,in my experience,most of these happy times around the world are probably on very cheap bikes.
    And thin spoke or thick spokes, if the aligment of these spokes are off,your gonna have problems.
  12. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    Depends on the weight of the rider to.
    Sounds strange but the only truely effective way i could think of to reduce overall "all-up" weight is with me.I'm on a diet so if i can loose 10-20Lbs i figure my bikes would appreciate it......they'd better. :)
  13. I saw a comercial with Payton Manning, it went like this, "Bummed out about that gut ? well, unless your under 25, those six pack abs probably aren't going to happen, my advise, buy some bigger shirts ! " LOL, had me rolling ! ! hahahaha, of course I support anyone on a diet, nothing wrong at all with embraceing a healthier lifestyle, but if it doesn't work for whatever reason, I can supply bigger spokes, lol....