A broken spoke and a deceitful wheel

As if cycling in Arctic temperatures wearing a bulky mass of clothing wasn’t difficult enough, my absence of recent bicycle maintenance seems to have made my commute unnecessarily arduous. On Thursday I noticed that my lying, deceitful back wheel was so far from true that it may as well have been saying it was square.¬†With no spoke adjuster in my toolkit (what an amateur) I opened out the brake calipers to prevent the wheel from rubbing and then rode to and from work in the snow on Friday.

On Saturday I made a few essential bike purchases and then headed home to clean my machine before attending to its glitches. It was only when I rather anally went to clean each individual spoke that I noticed that one had broken. This resulted in another quick trip to the local bike shop on the ‘false’ wheel to purchase of a new spoke. It was a little bugger to thread through and needed to be bent slightly to get past the cassette but I managed to get it in before spending a bit of time adjusting the spoke and those around it to make sure the wheel was good and honest once more.

I fitted new brake pads and spent some further time giving the bike a once-over, glad that these rookie errors didn’t appear to have caused any lasting damage to the bike.

An un-true wheel's nothing to cry about