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Jeff Wills
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Detensioning before cutting spokes is one of those things that I wonder about all the time. I'm sure that I've disassembled over 100 wheels by pointing the nipple in a trash can so it can't shoot across the room and cutting the spoke while it was still under tension. Am I missing something?
Well, if you're trying to preserve the rim, cutting a couple spokes while leaving the rest under tension can warp rim the rim. However, if the rim's toast, it's great fun to shoot spokes across the room with a quick snip. Warning: not OSHA approved.
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