Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Atlantic Beach Florida
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Since 2005 I've noticed that on many occasions (not just in my personal case, but others), upon the purchase of a new bike or a new rim, that the wheels were trued, but the tension of the spokes were such that riding on them (especially the rear wheel) led to popping spokes.
This happened first with my bike I bought in 2005 I eventually took it to a bike shop and had them replace all the spokes and still it didn't fix the problem, regardless how many bike shops I took my bike to they did not tension the spokes enough to keep them from popping. I finally decided to read all I could on truing wheels and from that study I determined that the only problem was tensioning. Before this problem I could true a wheel, but all of my initial truing I had done at a bike shop and I would only do minor truing.
Since learning all I could on this I've noticed that when I purchase a rim that many times the spokes are not properly tensioned, this is funny because of all my purchases before this timeframe did not present the same problems -- never had a problem with constantly popping spokes before my purchase in 2005.
In the end all is good because I got very good at truing wheels, but still wondering if I've just had a string of bad luck or if anyone else has noticed a trend of poorly tensioned spokes?
Just recently I bought a new rim and noticed it also was very well trued, but the spokes had very little tension on them. Another case was when my father bought a new rim had it trued at a bike shop and he started popping spokes; I tensioned all the spokes and no more problems.