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Old 08-29-04, 06:37 PM   #1
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Stressing New Bontrager

There's an extra set of new Bontrager Race Lites sitting in the garage. But I don't have a stressing tool to break it in. How many miles do I have to ride to stress them before re-truing them?

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Old 08-29-04, 07:21 PM   #2
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There's an extra set of new Bontrager Race Lites sitting in the garage. But I don't have a stressing tool to break it in. How many miles do I have to ride to stress them before re-truing them?

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What's a stressing tool?
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Old 08-29-04, 07:22 PM   #3
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What's a stressing tool?
I'm guessing that he means a tensionometer.
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Old 08-29-04, 08:35 PM   #4
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A tensionometer would not stress the spokes significantly.

If he means a tool to relieve the stress in the spokes, that only requires a couple gloved hands. Stress relieving would not require retruing unless the spokes were overtightened to begin with.
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After assembly, I put one wheel on a hard surfaced floor on one end of the axle and bounce my entire body weight on the rim and I hear lots pings! Nice..... almost feels like poppin' a nice zit. I also squeeze (by hand) the crap outa parrallel spokes on newly built wheels, retrue them, and ride. They may or may not need retruing after several weeks.

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I put them down on one end and firmly PUSH against the rim which also gives a nice ping or two... I'm not too keen on the "applying all your bodyweight" method myself.
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I have about 2,500 miles on my set and they are still true with no extra attention at all...
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Where they hand built? Do they have any miles on them? You can always take them for a spin around the block. 1 lap should do it.
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