Creative Bike Repairs: Fitting a 32-spoke hub in a 36-spoke rim

Sonya & AaldrikBike touring sometimes requires you to be creative, especially if your bike breaks down and you can’t get access to the parts you need.

That’s what happened to Sonya & Aaldrik this year. They were bike touring in Brazil, when Sonya’s rim broke.

They wanted to re-use her old 32-spoke hub (much better quality than the ones in the shop) but the shop only had a 36-spoke rim. What to do? Make the two fit together, of course.

Play the video to hear the story of this creative on-the-road bike touring repair. You can also listen to a full interview with Sonya & Aaldrik.

A Creative Wheel Repair On A Bicycle Tour from travellingtwo on Vimeo.

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  1. DPeach
    12th November 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    I was at a bike builder friend’s house last week and we had a similar problem. Except, he did not try to fix it. The man ordered the new wheels and brought them to my friend. I can’t remember if it was a 36 hub/32 wheel, or the other way around. After we got the good wheel of the two all torn apart and cleaned up, we realized the problem. This particular old wheel was fine, but the other was broken, but still worked.

    I am not sure what my friend ended up doing. He may have put the good wheel back together so the man could have his bike back until he got the new wheels replaced.

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