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Truing Bladed Spoke Wheels?(7 posts)

Truing Bladed Spoke Wheels?stevemtb
Apr 10, 2002 6:41 AM
This was my first time doing a little touch up truing on a new set of Bontrager X-Lite wheels. The bladed spokes kept turning with the nipple. I finally had to use a pair of needle nose pliers to hold the spokes still, while I turned the nipples.
Any suggestions on preventing the spokes from turning while truing?
re: Truing Bladed Spoke Wheels?TJeanloz
Apr 10, 2002 7:04 AM
Hold the spokes with a pair of needle nose pliers.

But you already figured that out.

Unfortunately, that's the easiest way.
re: Truing Bladed Spoke Wheels?PaulCL
Apr 10, 2002 7:04 AM
I have Sapim bladed spokes. I do the same thing you do. Better yet, I cut a slice in a piece of wood to hold the spokes from turning.
re: Truing Bladed Spoke Wheels?Chen2
Apr 10, 2002 8:07 AM
I use a really small crescent wrench to hold the bladed spokes on my Cosmic Carbones. That way I don't get any scratches.
Me too, on my track wheels... it's easier because of the offsetg-money
Apr 10, 2002 3:28 PM
Hold 'emCalvin
Apr 10, 2002 9:39 AM
The best shape to resist twisting is round. The worst shape to resist twisting is flat. By the time you have any thing like good tension, the flat spokes are likely to twist unless held in place. Several ideas are posted here. Consider taking hardwood or a piece of aluminum and cutting a slot with a hacksaw. Use this as your holder, keeping it close to the nipple as you can. Correct any blade alignment by turning both nipple and spoke the same direction and same amount.

Potential aero test for anyone with too much time on his or her hands:
Take all the blades on a bladed front wheel and give them all a 45-degree twist the same way. Ride the bike on a still day and see if the bike pulls accordingly. Or, is there not change, possibly indicating the aero effect is minimal. Post your results here.
1/4 twist more then 1/4 twist backSingleBleeder
Apr 11, 2002 2:49 PM
This works on my wheelbuilding. Turn past the point you want the spoke to be then back off the nipple to undo the resulting twist. The higher the tension gets, the harder this technique is. Show them how it is done, babe!