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Postby europa » Mon Dec 18, 2006 9:27 am

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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:01 am

tuco wrote:squeezing two adjucent spokes visibly bent the rim..... the guy reckons it's normal.


The blokes an idiot :roll:

Just how lightweight are your rims?
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Postby tuco » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:14 am

Mulger bill wrote:
tuco wrote:squeezing two adjucent spokes visibly bent the rim..... the guy reckons it's normal.


The blokes an idiot :roll:

Just how lightweight are your rims?


That's the thing, they're not light weight at all. They're stock standard rims which came with the bike - CLASS AKX R1.0
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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:19 am

Time to be slappin' that mechanic around, methinks.

Of course, you could find another :?
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Postby tuco » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:28 am

Mulger bill wrote:Time to be slappin' that mechanic around, methinks.

Of course, you could find another :?


Not yet, they're being replace under warranty. They're doing the front as well today since it's had broken spokes too.
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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Dec 18, 2006 9:12 pm

Hope it goes well. I tend to break spokes on a regular basis, but that's an ongoing hazard offroad, (bloody sticks). I never broke one when I was on a roadie, but that was twentymumble years ago, and things have changed a lot since then.

BTW, Are we talking standard lacing, or something exotic?
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Postby tuco » Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:54 am

Mulger bill wrote:Hope it goes well. I tend to break spokes on a regular basis, but that's an ongoing hazard offroad, (bloody sticks). I never broke one when I was on a roadie, but that was twentymumble years ago, and things have changed a lot since then.

BTW, Are we talking standard lacing, or something exotic?


The rear looks standard to me but I'm not an expect. The front is radial.
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Postby mduriem » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:14 pm

Some of you may remember I was considering a flat bar road bike a while back. I decided on an OCR3 (you're quite convincing europa) and been saving it up for myself for christmas.
Well it's taunting me in my garage (resisting riding it until christmas) but I have noticed that the spokes seem to be of differing tension, ie. they resonate at different pitches when plucked. Should this be a concern? None of them seem loose however.

(I'm also a drummer - so I could just be thinking of my bike too much like a musical instrument :-P)
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Postby mikesbytes » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:54 pm

mduriem wrote:Some of you may remember I was considering a flat bar road bike a while back. I decided on an OCR3 (you're quite convincing europa) and been saving it up for myself for christmas.
Well it's taunting me in my garage (resisting riding it until christmas) but I have noticed that the spokes seem to be of differing tension, ie. they resonate at different pitches when plucked. Should this be a concern? None of them seem loose however.

(I'm also a drummer - so I could just be thinking of my bike too much like a musical instrument :-P)


I'd ask the LBS where you got the bike from
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Postby europa » Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:08 pm

I'd certainly mention it to the shop (take the bike in with you so they actually do have to have at least a cursory look :wink: ). It's not likely to cause a problem in the short term so I wouldn't even worry if they leave it to the first service to do something about it ... assuming there is a problem.

Theoretically, the spokes should all sound the same and an expert builder would make sure they do, but your wheels have probably been assembled by a machine and would have been built within a tolerance that makes them reliable.

And waiting for Christmas? :shock: Yer NUTS :wink:

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Postby mduriem » Sat Dec 23, 2006 5:26 pm

What do they say? Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

I'm going to enjoy christmas, that's for sure ;-)

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