Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Sunnyvale, CA USA
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Originally Posted by mgw189
May not be the best place to post this but figured I would ask here since we Clydes have some special needs when it comes to our components.
Bringing your wheels up to uniform high tension (110 kgf front and rear drive side is a nice rule of thumb) and stress relieving is a fine idea.
Spokes fail due to fatigue, with the number of cycles (about 750/mile) dependent on variation and average stress.
Variation comes from the fraction of your weight (+ bike weight) that's riding on each wheel. That takes a long time to fix.
Average stress in parts of the elbows of affordable machine-built wheels is extremely high since they were never taken past their elastic limit. That might take a couple of minutes to fix.
Do it now because once you start breaking spokes the rest will follow like popcorn since those in the same set see similar conditions and will also be near the end of their life.
More flat resistant tires can be a good idea.