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wheel truing: does that tool exist ?(12 posts)

wheel truing: does that tool exist ?PeterRider
Jul 29, 2002 11:41 AM
... a flat screwdriver with a hole in the middle for when the spoke is slightly too long ?

If yes, how is it called and who sells it on the net ?


better yetJekyll
Jul 29, 2002 11:52 AM
in that case try a "spoke wrench"?
Long spokes ?Chen2
Jul 29, 2002 12:04 PM
If you have only one or two replacement spokes that are too long, simply cut, grind, or file them shorter. If they are all too long, you need shorter spokes.
no, here is a better explanation of the problemPeterRider
Jul 30, 2002 10:52 AM
I was replacing a broken spoke - I don't know exactly how I did this, but I damaged the square pattern on the nipple, so that the spoke wrench doesn't catch any more. The spoke is already in, and the wheel approximately trued, but I want to change the nipple for ease of future truing. Since the spoke is slightly too long, a regular screwdriver can't turn the nipple.

I think I'll use pliers to get the nipple out...

Jul 30, 2002 10:55 AM
Sounds dangerous man! Maybe you should hire a consultant or something.
make your own toolDougSloan
Jul 30, 2002 11:53 AM
Take a normal slotted screwdriver and grind or file out the center. I have all sorts of modified tools for stuff like this.

Left handed screw drivers?grzy
Jul 30, 2002 5:02 PM
Metric crescent wrenches?

I agree necessity is the mother of invention and I too have some strange and modified tools. Kinda makes me wonder if someone should even be messing with this stuff if their not creative enough to see the possible alternatives. His final thoughts are along the lines that if he can't buy a special tool for his one ruined nipple then just maybe he'll use the pliers. What if he ruins the nipple? Hey, I'll sell him a special "Craftsman" tool - how much money do we think he has?
Left handed screw drivers?curlybike
Jul 30, 2002 7:31 PM
There are some people that really should use the LBS, don't you agree?
Well "Good judgement comes from experience...Spoke Wrench
Jul 31, 2002 5:13 AM
and a lot of that comes from bad judgement."
cut the spoke?DougSloan
Jul 31, 2002 6:38 AM
If you really fowled it up, can't you just cut the spoke and put a new spoke and nipple in?

You're not going to be rich with me...PeterRider
Jul 31, 2002 11:33 AM
... I'm still student. And I just didn't think of modifying a regular screwdriver, I'll do it it's a good idea. The nipple was already ruined so using pliers was not a big deal.

I'm trying to learn stuff, and don't see the point of saying things like "if you can't manage, don't even try". Many people will never put a wheel together. I tried to see how it works, and now I'm pretty much satisfied with the result, the wheel (ultegra/open pro) is round and true and is working fine.

Have you considered...Wheelz
Jul 31, 2002 2:18 PM
...using a dremel tool to cut a notch in the center of an old screwdriver so that you can get it onto the nipple, around the spoke end to back it off? I've never done it, but It seem to me it would work.