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What's the fastest & easiest way to get spokes off a rim?

Old 03-31-08, 09:43 PM
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Old 03-31-08, 09:46 PM
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Metal snips. (Fast and dangerous)
Cordless drill, and go after the spoke nipples from the inside of the rim. (Fast and safe)
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Just make sure the wheel is turning really fast.
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Originally Posted by WriteABike View Post
Just make sure the wheel is turning really fast.
I take it you have some experience with this method?
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Bolt cutters or compound lever dikes.
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What would Ben Hur do?
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For small quantities i used a bungee cord.
I took off 4 spokes before I realized the thing was even caught.
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Old 04-03-08, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Metal snips. (Fast and dangerous)
Just be sure to point the hole away from you, and be like Norm - always wear your safety glasses / goggles
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Originally Posted by Raiyn View Post
Just be sure to point the hole away from you, and be like Norm - always wear your safety glasses / goggles
For those first few when the tension is really high, you can put a target on the opposite wall and see if you can shoot it with snipped spokes fired straight from the rim!


In reality, I found that my cordless drill and a flathead bit was the fastest way to safely de-spoke a wheel. Took about 5 minutes from assembled wheel with tire to pile of parts.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
In reality, I found that my cordless drill and a flathead bit was the fastest way to safely de-spoke a wheel.
I've found that a phillips bit with two of the opposing splines ground away works slightly better as it engages the nipple better.

Man that sounds dirty
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