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Old 05-27-10, 02:15 PM
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loosen, then true, then re-tighten?

I was working on a wheel where all the spokes were very tight. I had to replace a broken spoke. The spokes were too tight to turn, and I was in danger of rounding off the nipples.

I loosened all the spokes a half turn. Then I trued the wheel. After that, I tightened all the spokes a half turn. After that, of course, I had to make some small adjustments, but they were very small, and it wasn't too hard.

Did I stumble upon a tried and true method? When I was done, the spokes appeared to have (close to) very uniform tension, which was a big improvement, compared with the state it was in when it came to me.

This was a BMX wheel with 36 spokes, if it matters.
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Congratulations! Don't insult yourself by calling it stumbling. What you did was figure out a logical and creative solution to a problem that presented a roadblock to doing something the conventional way. That's what makes a mechanic.
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Heh. You're right. My experience and my intuition led to an excellent solution. Thank you.
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Originally Posted by noglider
Heh. You're right. My experience and my intuition led to an excellent solution. Thank you.
You're welcome. For you and others reading this loosening also works if you have a high spot and the spokes are getting too tight. Just loosen all the spokes except at the high spot a small amount, 1/4 turn or so.
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if your solution worked, then it's the correct answer
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OK, but has anyone here done this?
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Originally Posted by noglider
OK, but has anyone here done this?
Well, I would not have known to add the info about dealing with a high spot and tight spokes otherwise. Yes, many have done what you did.
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