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    Stiffen wheels

    What is the maximum tension you can appy to the spokes to stiffen up the wheels? My wheels (32 spokes) are cushie, I apply 1/2 turn to all the spokes and the bike now feels stiffer.

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    Too tight spokes may cause rim failure. If you're musically inclined, a properly tensioned spoke should play at roughly F# when plucked. For alternative methods and more info see Sheldon Brown's web site on wheelbuilding (scroll down to "Tensioning and Truing").

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