Thread lock on spoke nipples

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Dave Davenport, 11 Apr 2008.

  1. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Should you?
  2. Er not realy you are meant to use nipple lube (hehe..... nipple lube) get it. why do you need to?
  3. Landslide

    Landslide Rare Migrant

    Called to the bar
    If your spokes aren't under enough tension to stop themselves unscrewing, it's unlikely they'll be under enough tension to stop your wheel collapsing.
  4. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    i use it when i get a new's helped stop spokes breaking.
    if i do need to replace any spokes i use sapim spoke nipples which have some sort of insert to stop them undoing.both methods have worked well so far after many breakages without.
    many say it shouldn't be necessary but it works for me.
  5. OP
    Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Can't seem to get the front one of my Zonda wheels to stay true and the destructions that came with mrs d's Fulcrum 3's which are virtually the same wheel say to use loktite. Not been a problem with standard crossed patterns on my other bikes.
  6. Try some thread lock then but I still think that there is no need to if the wheel is built right they should stay still!
  7. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    You can get something called spoke freeze, which is obviously designed for the job.
  8. Yer but at £23.99 DT proline spoke freeze is pricey as its for the workshop im saying dont get it as it dose work but you get 100ml's which will do 400+ spokes.

    thats if you can find it?
  9. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

  10. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Birmingham, UK
    I agree with pretty much everything above. Lubricate the nipples when wheel building to help get appropriate spoke tension and minimise spoke windup. Once done they really shouldn't be coming loose if the wheel is well tensioned. I guess there might be some benefits to something like linseed oil which helps stink the workshop out lubricate but then dries moderately hard - although not enough to make future adjustments a problem.

    Am I correct in thinking Spoke Freeze is applied after the wheel is built and so doesn't help lube the spoke threads when wheel building? Seems a bit pointless to me... :biggrin:
  11. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Do spokes really come loose? I only ever use oil, never had a spoke come loose on me
  12. They do but most of the time there is a reason ie not built right, the buckles are left to get worse, to much lube.... ive not found one that just comes loose.

  13. Saddle bum

    Saddle bum Über Member

    If enough wellie is put into the spokes, they should never move under normal use. Never used anything on spokes in 30 odd years - except a spoke key.

  14. Your right nor have I but on steel rims, spokes and nipples
  15. robbarker

    robbarker Well-Known Member

    I use oil on the spoke threads when building wheels. It allows you to tension the spokes correctly, which is very difficult to do otherwise. Once they are tight enough, they don't come undone.
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