Loose spokes

I was cleaning my uni today and noticed that I have 8 spokes that are loose, so bad I can turn the nipples with my fingers.

The wheel is still true but it seems I need to retesnion my wheel. I was wondering if there are any ways to be sure that you dont over tighten your spokes. I dont want to pull one through my rim, or damage anything.

So how to tension the spokes properly would be helpfull, thanks

Mike

Loose spokes

Chex,

All you’ll probably ever need to know about spoke tensioning and wheel truing is right here.

Dig around that page, there’s a lot of very useful info!

Happy Truing!

Re: Loose spokes

Note that it is easily possible to over tension a Coker wheel and it will
then taco easier than if it were a slack wheel. It is important to have
correct tension not just tight spokes. If you tighten by note remember that
these spokes are longer so the note is a lot deeper.

Roger


The UK’s Unicycle Source


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Thanks for the info… This is something I need to get to as well.

I’m not all that musically inclined. And I dont own a piano so Is there an easy way to check the tension without a tension meter. Browns site says something about just do it till its hard to turn the nipples. This sounds like it could be quite easy to overtighten with this method. Or is this just how you guys do it too?

Mike

Loose spokes

You could pick up (or maybe borrow) one of these from your friendly local b*** shop.

It’s a Park Tool Company Spoke Tension Meter.

Park Tool’s How to Tension Spokes with the Tension Meter

Also if you work slowly and methodically taking care to keep the spoke tension even (listen to the pitch & feel it with your fingers), while also taking account of the trueness of the wheel, you shouldn’t go far wrong.

Feel as many unicycle wheels of the same size as you get the chance & try to match the tension. Lubrication of the nipples will help.

For a 24" wheel the final spoke tension is such that they sing (my wife’s words).

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