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Park Tensiometer(9 posts)

Park TensiometerAlpedhuez55
Apr 29, 2003 11:22 AM
Does anyone have any experience with the the Park Tensiometer? I am wondering if it is any good or should I shell out the extra bucks for the Wheelsmith Model. THe Park model is half the price!!!

Mike Y.
works fine for me nmDougSloan
Apr 29, 2003 11:27 AM
Amount of Tensiondaniell
Apr 29, 2003 11:59 AM
Is there a chart that tells one how much tension to put on each spoke? I would love to buy one, but I build maybe two wheels every two years. How can I justify it?
Apr 29, 2003 12:26 PM
It tells you two things, relative tension and absolute tension. For relative, you don't need a chart. If all the spokes read "27" or close to it, then you know you have even tension. You can also take a reading from a similar "known" wheel and compare.

For absolute tension, you measure the spoke diameter, then cross reference the kilograms force numbers from the chart. This isn't very meaningful, though, unless you know the recommended tension for your rims.

I used it only for relative tension. Being a newbie to wheel building, it helped to know the tension was fairly even across all the spokes. You then can use it to "tune" your own feel for what's right.

Do you need it, or just want it?Kerry
Apr 29, 2003 4:15 PM
Many fine wheels have been built without ever seeing a tensiometer. If you have access to a good pair of wheels, you can gauge spoke tension by feel and go for the same feel in the wheels you're building. You can easily tell if the tension is even by plunking the spokes with a screwdriver or other metal tool. There is no absolute number for the right spoke tension, as it depends on the rider, the rim, etc.
for us hackers, I think it's good nmDougSloan
Apr 29, 2003 4:48 PM
Agree, good too for tone deaf who cann't use the piano [nm]bent_spoke
Apr 29, 2003 6:38 PM
Do you need it, or just want it?Alpedhuez55
Apr 30, 2003 5:10 AM
I think it is a little of both. It is always nice to have a new toy to play with. I am also trying to get a little more into wheel building than I am at the moment. I can do OK by feel and sound, but figured after the Performance Coupon I can get one for $40.

I think I will give it a try!!!

Mike Y.
I've Got The Wheelsmith TensiometerGregory Taylor
Apr 29, 2003 5:55 PM
It's pretty nice, but I don't know whether it's twice as nice as the Park.

With the Wheelsmith, I get repeatable results with the wheels that I build. Granted, I'm not pumping them out on an assembly line, but I usually build or rebuild about two or three sets a year, so it does get some use. I also use it to diagnose problems (uneven tension - the "relative tension" mentioned by Doug), do repairs, and to check the overall tension of the wheels that I do build as part of keeping tabs on their condition. It's a very handy tool.

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