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    creaking spokes

    I trued my wheel the other day and got it pretty close to perfect. However, now when I am climbing a steep hill with a decent about of torque applied the back wheel makes a creaking noise. So I am pretty sure a couple of the spokes don't have enough tension on them. (they are bladed if that matters)

    So my question is, if i go around the wheel and tension every spoke a 1/4 to 1/2 turn will that solve my problem or will that potentially knock it out of true again?

    Thanks!

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    It depends of the rim, the issue is that u have to pick to get the tension right and kind'a even in all the spokes or have the rim 100% true in the wheel. Sure the rim is not that good and u have problems of tension now. For the record rims arent always straight.

    I would tension the wheel as much as possible and leave the wheel kind'a true.

    If the wheel is true and u have lose spokes is clear the rim is the problem, u can wack the rim to fix that but if you dont know what are u doing u can damage the rim big time instead of fixing it.

    Good luck.

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    If you don't relieve the stress on your wheel after truing it, then there will be some spoke twist that settles itself when you ride. That would be a popping sound rather than a creaking however...

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    Sounds like you have a loose spoke somewhere. Time to do some harplike plucking to find that sorely out of tune spoke!
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    I've got a wheel that creaks all the time. I found that oil on the heads of spokes stops it, but it comes back and makes a mess of the wheel. The wheel is built right and isn't loose. I have no idea if there's some way to fix it for good.
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    Spokes are creaking? Is the creak repeating with wheel revolution? Crank revolution? Or only when crank/weight is loaded just when a spot on the wheel coincides with the hard cranking? First and third options indicate possible spokes needing some attention. But if it's just happening regularly as you honk side to side and coincides with rider weight shifting back and forth, then you may need to hunt for other factors in creaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gyozadude View Post
    Spokes are creaking? Is the creak repeating with wheel revolution? Crank revolution? Or only when crank/weight is loaded just when a spot on the wheel coincides with the hard cranking? First and third options indicate possible spokes needing some attention. But if it's just happening regularly as you honk side to side and coincides with rider weight shifting back and forth, then you may need to hunt for other factors in creaking.
    It only makes a creaking noise while climbing steep hills and it started after I trued my wheel.

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    Sometimes a bit of lube where the spokes cross will cure creaking.

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