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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:44 pm 
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I have been giving the Old Raleigh a checkover before the winter.

I have noticed most of the spokes are a little loose, the wheels are both true with no rim damage.

If I get the spoke spanner out and tighten them up, will it cause the wheel to lose shape ?

I think the wheels will be going into the shop for a regrease anyway but in the meantime am I ok to give them a tighten ?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:58 pm 
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Random spoke tightening is not a good idea...........if they are going into an LBS I'd get them to tension / true the wheels :)

It's not rocket science but there is some science behind it :)

Shaun


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:01 pm 
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Midlife wrote:
Random spoke tightening is not a good idea...........if they are going into an LBS I'd get them to tension / true the wheels :)

It's not rocket science but there is some science behind it :)

Shaun



That's what I was worried about, they are all of a similar looseness, and probably due some attention anyway :oops:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:14 am 
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If it's going into the shop anyway I would just get them to do it. I posted a similar thread a couple of weeks ago and was advised to let the LBS do it because some of the nipples might be seized. I was too lazy to take it to a shop so I tackled it myself and broke some spokes, as predicted. A shop would have broken at least a couple of them too, but they would have a supply of spare spokes to hand.

I bought a new set of stainless spokes on eBay and re-laced the wheel myself. It was easier than I thought and it gave me a chance to clean the hub and rim properly. It was a front wheel though, which is easier, and it was a pretty cheap wheel so it wouldn't be the end of the world if I had killed it.


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