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Old 09-07-04, 12:00 AM   #1
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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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Old 09-07-04, 01:57 AM   #2
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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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