It is most likely going to the the RED or GREEN key from Park Tool. You can just buy a cheap "O" tool with various sizes. There have been a few times when I have worked on those bikes and have had to use two different types of spokes wrenches due to some rouge nipples being a bit smaller or larger.
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
Originally Posted by cny-bikeman
Take your bike to a bike shop and ask which size you need, but if it is under warranty they should true it for you at no charge (though it's doubtful it will be a very good job).
The "bike shop" was Walmart so getting good warranty service there is VERY unlikely. A real LBS would have to charge a significant amount to true and tension these wheels as they would require a lot of work and possibly never true up properly.
Walmart doesn't true wheels. From what I've seen if you buy a preassembled bike from Walmart you're lucky if the brakes are useable without adjustment.
Sadly most people buying bikes from Walmart know almost nothing about bikes and can't/won't fix anything themselves. It's probably best that any bike from Walmart be disassembled (everything, whether it was assembled at the store or the factory) and reassembled and adjusted bike someone who knows what they're doing.
If there is a problem Walmart will exchange the bike (and typically resell it at a marked down price, with no consideration to whether it's safe), but if the wheel isn't really god awful it's probably not that different from what you'll get if you exchange it. And since the exchange will be the whole bike you never know what other problems you will acquire.
There is a bike store version of the same bike. Not much more expensive and it comes with MicroShift brifters instead of RevoShift.
Last edited by NightShift; 07-14-10 at 06:55 AM.
Originally Posted by sprockets
I talk to myself regularly - crazy is the technical term I believe. The only time I shut up is when I'm riding. (that's the best time to listen to all those voices in your head :D )
2003 Specialized Hardrock, 2004 LOOK KG386i, 2005 Iron Horse Warrior Expert, 2009 Pedal Force CX1
Since you asked about which spoke wrench to buy, it sounds like you want to true the wheel yourself. Consider yourself one of a select few who would rather learn how to fix something themselves than run to a "pro" to do it for them. A good place to start learning about how to true wheels is www.sheldonbrown.com There are many other online sources as well and lots of conflicting advice on the details but the basic procedure is the same.
Your best bet for finding the right size spoke key is either buying a key with multiple sizes or taking the wheel to a bike shop and trying different sized keys. I'm betting on the Park Tool RED key.
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WalMart/KMart/Target/Sears/etc bought bikes are money makers for LBS'. Having been a mechanic in an LBS, those bikes are/were a blessing and a curse. Guaranteed money for the service they desperately need, but because of the quality, the labor was usually a *****.