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Old 01-15-12, 04:04 PM
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Replace Rear Wheel Spoke?

I noticed my rear wheel is wobbling from side to side. It appears one spoke is loose. Can I just tighten it or do I need to replace the spoke?
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Adjust first, then ride. Unless the spoke or wheel is damaged, you should be ok
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Tighten the one spoke and check the tension on all spokes. Check for small cracks in the rim near the spoke holes. Correct radial true, lateral true, and dish.
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A seemingly simple question with many, many possible answers. Here's some help:
https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...and-rim-truing
https://sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/truing.html
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If the spoke can be tightened then it isn't broken and is good to use.

If the wheel suddenly goes out of whack with loose spokes then it has a build problem which you need to fix. Poor wheels are much harder to true than well built ones, it may have started with a wonky rim so your aim should be
-even spoke tension on each side (sound of the ping)
-Side to side trueness +- 1mm.
-radial trueness to about the same.
-centre the rim (called dish)
You may have to compromise on all of these to find a balance that works.

You only need a spoke tool, you can true good enough using the bike frame as a reference.
As a start, I would grab a handfull of spoke at the crossing points and squeeze hard to remove any odd buildup of tension.
The rule with spoke keys is turn a little, check a little. If you turn one spoke, you usually have to adjust the adjacent spokes.
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