replacing a broken spoke
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    replacing a broken spoke

    I replaced a broken spoke but the spoke that I used for replacement is a little shorter than the others. There are a few threads showing going into the nipple. Is this ok ? Or should get another spoke ?

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    It's probably okay

    How many is "a few"? If it's a problem, you'll find out when the nipple threads strip out. If they don't, it's not a problem. I wouldn't worry about it.

    Did you lube the threads? If so, I'd worry even less. If not, you could back it out a few turns, put a drop of oil on the threads, and re-true it. That will reduce the risk of problems if you have to adjust in the future.

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    There's only two threads showing. I didn't lube the threads. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Only 2 showing? Sounds OK to me. Now, if only 2 were engaged.......
    We are the 801
    We are the central shaft

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    You can go +/- 2mm on the correct spoke length, anything more or less and you may run into problems getting the proper tension.

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    somewhat related question:

    If a replacement spoke is different from the rest, say straight straight VS butted or a different gage, does the difference present any problems? Any problem mixing brands?

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    Well you should really try to use the same type of spoke because different gauges and butted spokes will have different tensions associated with them, that being said I have found it not to really be that big of a deal if you have to use a straight gauge spoke in place of a butted spoke. Generally if you start to have broken spokes on a wheel then something is off with the tension or the rim could be bent slightly causing some spokes to be too tight therefore breaking often.

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