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Calibrate Tensiometer

I want to calibrate my Park Tool TM-1 for my weird spokes. I want to build a box with some kind of weight mesuring device where a spoke can be put under 1600N of tension. Rummers on other boards say ...
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What causes a wheel to suddenly go out of true?

This morning I noticed that my wheel was suddenly out of true and rubbing against the brake pad at one point. My first guess was that I had broken a spoke, but all of them seem to be intact. A few ...
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How effective is checking spoke tension by ear?

Sheldon Brown's Wheelbuilding page links to the article: Check Spoke Tension by Ear. Obviously a tensiometer would be ideal, but Sheldon suggests that checking spoke tension by ear is a reasonable ...
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Is China dumping cheap spokes on America market?

My Raleigh dealer told me my spokes keep breaking because China is dumping spokes made with cheap metal on American markets that rust from the inside. I'm being charged $100 US dollars to swap ...
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What alternative spoke lacing patterns exist (that make a decent wheel)? [closed]

I'd like to know of all the 'normal' ways to spoke a wheel. Currently, if you want to use a non-standard pattern, you have to run the length computations a number of times; for example, in a 3-spoke ...
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Can I lace my hub with all inward or outward facing spoke heads?

It seems conventional wisdom says to alternate inward vs outward spoke heads going around the flange when lacing a wheel, like this: However, I'm wondering what the reason for this is, and if it ...
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Oil/Anti-seize on outside of nipple when building a wheel?

I just took apart my old wheelset which let some delightful snaps out as I loosened the nipples that were seized to the rims. I'm wondering what the benefits would be of a small amount of anti-seize ...
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Which spoke type do I need for my bike?

I have a Giant Trace X3 2012 It has 26" rims. Which of these spokes type do I need for my bike? Strongest or best match for the spokes I already have. DT Swiss Champion Stainless PG Spokes DT Swiss ...
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Wheel spokes missing

I have 5 spokes missing. Is it OK to ride on it, and how long will it last, or will my wheel just break on me? I will be going to work on it every day.
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What are the pros and cons of Double Butted vs Straight Spokes when building a wheel?

Straight spokes will have the same diameter through the whole length, double butted spoked are thinner in the middle than at the ends. Here's my current understanding of the benefits of each: Double ...
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Which spokes to get, Wheelsmith or DT Swiss Spokes?

I'm building two sets of 26" wheels, one pair of 32h triple cross with Bullseye hubs with machined sidewalls for rim brakes, and another pair of 24h double cross with Alex A-Class hubs with Sun rims ...
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Is it really necessary to physically cross (interlace) the spokes on traditional wheel lacing?

Recently I had to replace a hub on the front wheel of my workhorse bike. That meant unlace it and lace it again. Since the hubs were identical, I used the same old spokes, same not-so-old rim and same ...
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How to build a wheel

I'm in the planning stage of building a new bike. This will be a light road bike for city runs and transport. For racing I have other bikes. I'd like to build the bike from ground up by assembling ...
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Straight-pull spokes - worth it?

Straight-pull spokes have been around for awhile on MTB wheels, but mainly just on very expensive wheelsets (Mavic Deemax for example). Recently the better wheel component manufacturers have been ...
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Any thoughts on spoke lights? [closed]

I was considering getting some spoke lights to increase visibility at night, and although there are a number of options they all seems to have a relatively low battery life, or get bad reviews. Here ...
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Where can I find out more about this bike with a spoke-less back wheel?

I saw this really cool, very unusual type of bike which does not use spokes for the back tire. Can you please tell me if you are experienced and interested in such bikes how can I find one of those ...
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What are the advantages or disadvantages of different spoke styles

I see triathlon bikes with various different spoke styles, from normal wire to aerodynamically shaped blades to completely solid wheels, but I can't understand why there should be so many styles. I ...
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How long should spokes last?

Trek Fx 7.3, 1 year old, 1900 miles 3 days short of my 1 year bike purchase anniversary I discovered some broken spokes on the rear wheel. The bike shop gave me a new wheel they had in the shop, an ...
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Why am I breaking a ridiculous number of spokes?

First, this is a follow up to this: Why does my back wheel keep becoming untrue? (The short version is I bought a used bike a few weeks ago, I broke a spoke on the back wheel, replaced the spoke, ...
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Best advice for buying a replacement spoke

Can you get spokes cut to length for replacement use in run-of-the-mill bikes, e.g. one with an older 26 x 1 3/8 wheel where there is not likely to be a standard size in the 'DT Swiss' range? Does ...
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Which size spoke tool. Currently size 14

I have this spoke tool. The number I use on this tool is 14. I use it on a hybrid mountain bike. . I want to get one which is easier to use but I do not know which size. Here are the available ...
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misaligned wheel - could this cause problems?

Last summer I was on tour with my Trek 520 when my rear rim cracked. I found a bike shop, and they rebuilt the wheel with a new rim. Recently I noticed the wheel was off center relative to the frame ...
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Should spoke tension be measured before or after adding a tube and tire?

I built my first set of wheels and measured the spoke tension when I finished. They were all uniformly tense at about 100kg of force. Once I put the tire on, that measurement went down a little, to ...
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Is there a downside to spoke protectors?

A few weeks ago, the derailer on my touring bike caught on the chain and ripped itself off the frame. (See the link below for more info on the incident.) The spoke protector was cracked in half by ...
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Name for the thing attached to spokes to remove tires?

Some properties: it is good to have it plastic so it won't break the inner tire it is size is about 10cm*2cm*0.5cm at maximum, a small thing you will attach them to spokes so you can change tire you ...
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How do I calculate spoke length?

I have lots of bikes and lots of interesting wheel sizes, I would like to know how to calculate the right spoke lengths for a wheel. I appreciate that there are probably rather a lot of variables but ...
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How do I align a wheel?

I broke a couple of spokes on my wheel, now it's all bent, how can I align it back again? What kind of tools do I need to do a good job?