Discussion in 'Commuting' started by hackbike 666, 7 Apr 2010.

  1. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    I had already blamed that ped the other day for the loose spokes on my back wheel when I had to brake sharply to avoid hitting said ped resulting with the back wheel going 180 degrees in the air and thankfully coming back down again.

    Tonights commute was hard and slow and the bike was a bit wobbly on the front....Stopped at Leyton Green lights and found it seems quite a few spokes loose,doing nothing....I must say I am a bit shocked.Luckily the fixie isn't far away and is something to fall back on if this goes tits up.Must say I am shocked though and am presently tightening the spokes up.I really don't know what has bought this on.

    Hope I can do this ok or it's the spare tommorow...any tips?
  2. If you've got a spoke tool its not too hard, only thing you've got to watch out for IMO is that when you tighten a spoke it may pull the rim towards it.

    I think its anticlockwise to tighten but check I always have to.

    Just check bicycletutor.com

  3. OP
    hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Thanks,don't think it's going that well though.;)

    Plus im tired and not in the mood for it.
  4. Trumpettom001

    Trumpettom001 Well-Known Member

    if you look down upon the wheel from the top, then it's clockwise to tighten the spoke... if you're in a wheel jig, chances are that the indicator is at the bottom of the wheel, so the direction will be reversed...
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    hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    A wheel jig?


    Looks like the spare may be called into action tomorrow.
  6. You don't need a wheel jig (truing stand) unless you are wanting to be very precise/ wheel building. Upside down in the forks will do.
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    hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Yeah more success that way...back wheel not to bad but the front wheel is a state.

    Oh yeah im not blaming the ped anymore.:becool:
  8. skudupnorth

    skudupnorth Cycling Skoda lover

    I snapped on on my mountain bike tonight which is a ball ache because I was hoping to go for a play in the hills this weekend !
  9. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

    Upside down in the forks will do

    I've always considered this a roadside / emergency solution.

    A cheap truing stand (£30 ish), allows near-perfect true - within a fraction of mms. Takes a lot of patience to true a wobbly wheel, but if done correctly is less likely to go out of true again.

    Using the rim brakes as a guide, will mean that they're out of true quickly as you don't get the near-perfect true in the first place.
  10. OT where can you get a £30 truing stand these days? I looked at a few last year and they'd all went up to cira £70 at the cheapest, maybe I was looking in the wrong place.
  11. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru


    I got this from Probike late last year. I think it was £26.99 at the time.


    It's not workshop standard, but it's more than good enough for serious home maintenance. Fits pretty much any surface and is very accurate.
  12. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

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    hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    I managed to get some sort of sanity to my wheels and made it into work and my new fixie has put in an appearance. :-)
  14. downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

    I have adjusted spokes a few times. I know realistically you should be looking for a tension, and plucking the spokes will make a certain sound whe the tension is right or near.

    Though if you're correcting a slight buckle that plucking sound goes out the window. :biggrin:
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