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    such thing as a DIY spoke-wrench?

    has anyone figured out a cheap or free way to tru their wheels without using an actual spoke nipple wrench? I had a nice parktool multi but it got lost, so i have nothing now, and no access to a bike tool coop. I am not about to send this piece of **** solid aluminum, janky 25 year old r. wheel into the shop, and i don't want to use needle nose vice grips (takes forever).

    ANY IDEAS? i know there are some Dr.X-like gearheads out there who may have a suggestion. Thanks a lot.

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    any shop will carry a spoke wrench, they are in the range of 5 bucks...
    things other than a spoke wrench have a nasty way of rounding out the nipples.
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    If you remove the tyre, tube and rim strip, you could just use a flat-head screwdriver. But yeah, spoke wrenches aren't expensive.
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    skip your next lunch and use that money to buy a spoke wrench.
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    i'll use small adjustable pliers when a nipple's rounded off, but otherwise there's no reason not to fork over a few dollars for a quality spoke wrench to prevent said.

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    Also keep in mind that the flat screw driver is only good if the spoke does not take up that gap, which it very often does
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    yeah, i thought about taking the tire off, then i realized that the spokes would be sticking thru the nipple. ARGH! god damn it, why does this always happen when i leave the comfort of santa cruz, with its numerous tool co-ops....guess i'm going to the bike store tomarrow...

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    I guess you've already bought a spoke wrench, but...
    In a pinch, you can use a castellated nut(like the kind that gets secured to a shaft by a cotter pin)with the right size slots. Works, but it ain't a spoke wrench.

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