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Old 04-02-04, 03:53 PM   #1
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Spoke Tension

I will be building my flip-flop wheel will this weekend (that's the plan anyway ) and was wondering what tension should I set my spokes at? Thanks for you help.
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I pluck them and try to get a D or G note.... and that's usually tense enough for me.
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I pluck them and try to get a D or G note.... and that's usually tense enough for me.
which octave?
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which octave?
I don't really know..... I'm not musically inclined. Actually, I pluck them and listen for uniformity. Actual tension is done more by feel/squeeze.

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I will be building my flip-flop wheel will this weekend (that's the plan anyway ) and was wondering what tension should I set my spokes at? Thanks for you help.
If you have a spoke tension gauge, set them for 65-70 and it should be OK. That is what I use and never have any breakage or loose spokes.

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If you have a spoke tension gauge, set them for 65-70 and it should be OK. That is what I use and never have any breakage or loose spokes.
Cool! I do have a tension gage. Thanks!
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