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Truing Heliums(5 posts)

Truing Heliumsthe bull
Sep 17, 2003 3:47 AM
I just got a set of brand new Heliums for 150 bucks.
I remember when they came out and all the stuff that goes with them.I knew what I was getting into, but for 150 bucks with the bags I could not resist.

Anyway I trued them up and the damn spokes almost always turn with the nipples.

1 I was thinking of oiling the nipples so they would turn better.

2 Afraid to use locktight to keep them in place, after truing, as this would be a disaster.

3 Was thinking I could use a pair of needle nose pliers covered with fuel line hose to clamp the spoke to keep it from moving.

Anyone developed any tricks while working with this type of wheel?
bladed spoke tool...C-40
Sep 17, 2003 3:58 AM
Wheels like Ksyriums come with a slotted tool to slip over the bladed spokes to keep them from turning.

A similar homemade tool is easy to make. Just use a hacksaw and make a cut in a small block of hardwood, the fit should be tight enough. Even a short length of 1/2" PVC pipe with a slit sawn in the end or side would probably do the trick.
Helium spokes are Round, socdhbrad
Sep 17, 2003 5:25 AM
a slotted tool won't help. I use a good pair of Electrician's pliers with a folded shop towel in the jaws to hold the spoke and keep it from turning.
Vice grips, with lots of padding.MR_GRUMPY
Sep 17, 2003 5:49 AM
It's slow work, but it's OK for minor trueing.
re: Truing Heliums ALERTChen2
Sep 17, 2003 6:47 AM
What I found was that some of the Helium spoke nipples were turned all of the way up the threads and there was no way to tighten them any further. I decided that was the way MAVIC wanted them.
~Al