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    Spoke tightness and weight

    Since I learned real quick how to rebuild a wheel on my trek,I am wandering about spoke tightness and weight on the rear wheel.

    When I first rebuilt the wheel and the spokes were only so tight,The pedaling kind of felt spongy.I tightened then about 1/2 turn each spoke and the wheel feels not spongy at all.

    Of course I had also stress relieved the spokes and none of them broke(used a glove and grabbed 4 spokes and squeezed),What I need to know is do I or can I tighten them some more(I dont have a gauge)but I am also 250lbs a lot heavier that the average 180lb man.

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    Two important points:
    1) spoke tension needs to be uniform
    2) spoke tension needs to at least close to mfg spec

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    Get even tension by plucking them like a guitar string to the same pitch all around. Then go to a bike shop and ask them to measure the tension on a couple of spokes with their gauge.

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