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Wandering eyelets?(4 posts)

Wandering eyelets?crestlinefarm
Aug 1, 2003 8:56 AM
At first I had one eyelet on my rear wheel pop loose and start sliding up and down the spoke at low speeds--a little noisy but not really a problem. Now two more have come loose and the trio are driving me nuts. What's the best way to re-seat these little guys? Can they be pressed in without removing the spoke or should I look at re-building the entire wheel?
Aug 1, 2003 12:02 PM
The other half is still inside the rim, being held in be the spoke nips. If the parts still inside the rim are lost, the rim will be unuseable because the eyelet holes will be too big.
Cut off the loose pcs. and start thinking about getting a new rim.
Woo hoo!crestlinefarm
Aug 1, 2003 12:17 PM
Always looking for an excuse to get new gear! Thanks for the info....and I'll keep my eyes open for a wheel deal.
They're brokenKerry Irons
Aug 1, 2003 5:07 PM
There's nothing you can do. Think of the eyelets as the outer part of a metal grommet that has been put into the rim. The inner part is the bed for the nipple. The parts that are sliding down your spokes are actually broken where the grommet passes through the spoke bed of the rim. No problem, and you could even rebuild the wheel with just the inner parts of the grommet in place. However, it does suggest that things are fatiguing in general, and heading for replacement one of these days.