- 1 How do you tighten bicycle spokes?
- 2 What tool do you need to tighten spokes on a bike?
- 3 What happens if your spokes are too loose?
- 4 Should I tighten my spokes?
- 5 Are loose spokes dangerous?
- 6 Why are my spokes loose?
- 7 Should all spokes be same tension?
- 8 How tight should spokes be?
- 9 What can I use instead of a spoke key?
- 10 Can you tighten spokes too tight?
- 11 How much does it cost to true a wheel?
- 12 Why do bike wheels go out of true?
How do you tighten bicycle spokes?
The spokes on a bicycle wheel run from the rim to alternate sides of the hub. In order to pull the rim back into true, you have to tighten the spokes that lead to the side of the rim opposite the bump. To tighten spokes, you don’t actually turn the spoke. Instead, you turn the nipple that holds the spoke into the rim.
What tool do you need to tighten spokes on a bike?
A bicycle spoke wrench is used to adjust wheel spokes in order to “true” a wheel—that is, put it back into alignment. It’s also used when installing a new spoke. Each spoke is secured to the wheel rim by a spoke nipple, which can be turned to either tighten or loosen the spoke’s tension.
What happens if your spokes are too loose?
If your spokes are so loose they rattle, they’re providing virtually no strength to the wheel structure. It’s no better than if that spoke were missing or broken. It’s a big indicator that your bike wheels need truing.
Should I tighten my spokes?
In general that isn’t a good idea. The spokes won’t get tighter than they were originally, so you just want to tighten the one or ones that came loose. If the wheel came out of true because the rim is *bent*
Are loose spokes dangerous?
Never ride with a loose spoke. The friction created will cause the rider to burst into flames and may even cause the Earth to slip off it’s axis.
Why are my spokes loose?
You may be suffering from low spoke tension over the whole wheel. Spokes twist when the nipple is tightened, which may result in a spoke that looses tension very quickly while riding, putting the wheel back out of true.
Should all spokes be same tension?
Spoke tension is important to ensure your wheels are strong, reliable and long lasting. Spokes that are too tight will cause damage to the rim, spoke nipples and hub flanges. All of the spokes in the wheel should have approximately the same average tension.
How tight should spokes be?
The spokes should feel tight and firm. They should have just a little give when you squeeze them fairly hard. Squeeze a few spokes on other bikes to get an idea of how they should feel. It is rare for spokes to be too tight, but it is very common for them to be too loose.
What can I use instead of a spoke key?
An adjustable spanner (wrench) may work if you are very careful, but a spoke wrench is a much better way to go. To the OP, check your multitool. Many have spoke wrenches in there but the function is non-obvious at first. Yes but you will need more than a spoke wrench.
Can you tighten spokes too tight?
It is very easy to over tighten spokes. If you simply just turn the spoke (or nipple) until it feels tight or turn it as far as it will go with a spoke wrench, it may be too tight. It is important to check the tension after each time you tighten a spoke. This way if it is too tight, you can loosen it before riding.
How much does it cost to true a wheel?
If the wheel is fixable–it generally looks good but has a wobble–you can expect your local bike shop to charge $20 – $30 to true it using professional equipment like a truing stand for the perfect line and roundness.
Why do bike wheels go out of true?
One of the most common reasons wheels go out of true: loose spokes. Check tension by squeezing two spokes at a time between your thumb and fingers, says LaPorta. A really loose spoke will be obvious (as you do this more often, you’ll be able to feel subtle differences). If the wheel’s still wobbly, it’s out of true.