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Originally Posted by Big Pete
the sounded very tight when spun and run my fingers against them also if they were loose wouldn't the wheel be out of true?
"sounding tight when spun" somewhat confuses me. If you're simply spinning the wheel, you can't tell anything that way. The sort of tension we are talking about is measured, if by hand, with more of a plucking motion. You would be listening, not feeling. An extremely experienced and talented wheelsmith may or may not have the required talent for judging tension without a meter. For the rest of us, if you haven't got a gauge, you can't tell where there're at. A wheel can be in true without being properly tensioned. A lighter rider can ride a true wheel at lower tensions and still retain that wheels true. As clydes, we require that our spokes are tensioned toward the upper limits of what our spokes, rims and hubs(whichever is the lesser) can handle. This minimizes the degree to which the lower spokes are unloaded during wheel rotation and during any impacts, thereby lessening both the chances of the wheel going out of true and minimizing the total stress cycle that each spoke is subject to, resulting in a wheel that is more likely to maintain true and last longer without spoke breakage.
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