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Old 06-15-09, 03:14 AM   #1
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Adjusting flat spokes

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My wheels have flat spokes and when I try to turn the spoke nipples, the spokes twist. Is it OK to hold spokes with pliers while adjusting the nipples to keep the spokes flat - will that scratch the spokes and make them rust or something.

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Old 06-15-09, 04:06 AM   #2
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yes you can do that. they won't rust from the scratches if they're made from stainless steel.
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There's a special tool for holding Sapim CX-Ray aero spokes and it's basically a piece of plastic with a saw cut in it. So you can easily make a tool yourself. Try using a coin - use a nickel if you're feeling rich.
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You can use a small, 4" or 6" adjustable wrench to hold the flat spokes. As was stated there is a special tool that you can purchase. Another way is to use a 4th hand to hold the spokes from turning. As for pliers, I would not use them unless it was an emergency side of the road repair.
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I use a small crescent wrench.
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I first cut a handsaw width in a piece of wood, then I cut a hacksaw width in a piece of plastic, then I took a thin piece of metal and put it between 2 pieces of wood and that worked well, I think took a thin piece of metal and put it between 2 pieces of plastic which works better and looks better.
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