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spoke twists when turning nipple, will it break?(7 posts)

spoke twists when turning nipple, will it break?jimijoe
Feb 3, 2004 4:50 PM
I'm trying to tighten my spokes, but when I turn the nipple the spoke twists with it. I lubed the nipples with WD-40 and let it soak over night. I'm afraid that if I continue to turn the nipple the spoke will break. I even thought about holding the spoke w/ pliers, but then I thought that would gaul and scratch spoke causing a weak point. What is the trick? How can tighten the spokes?

Thanks
sounds normaltorquecal
Feb 3, 2004 6:10 PM
Tighten as needed but stress relief often.

If they are bladed spokes you can attach a wooden clothspin and hold it still while tightening the nipple.

Round spokes will tend to "wind up" somewhat with tightening. They will fall into place with proper stress relief (squeezing paired spokes together between tightenings, pre riding the wheel between tightenings, hub loading, etc)
should have mentioned that is used, not a new lace up.jimijoe
Feb 3, 2004 6:28 PM
Thanks

I should have mentioned that the wheel is about 2 year old w/ maybe 10K miles on it. The spokes are kind of loose and I just want to tighen them 1/2 turn or so.
should have mentioned that is used, not a new lace up.jimijoe
Feb 3, 2004 9:56 PM
Thanks

I should have mentioned that the wheel is about 2 year old w/ maybe 10K miles on it. The spokes are kind of loose and I just want to tighen them 1/2 turn or so.
re: spoke twists when turning nipple, will it break?lyleseven
Feb 3, 2004 8:06 PM
Take a 3/4 turn and back off 1/8 to 1/4 turn and it will fall into proper line. In other words, each twist to tighten is followed by a small twist in reverse.
First off, WD 40 is not a lubeKerry Irons
Feb 4, 2004 5:40 PM
It MAY help free things up, but a penetrating oil would be much more effective. The wheel SHOULD have been built with greased spoke-prepped threads. Since it likely wasn't, your best bet is to clamp the spoke with a couple of bits of wood clamped with pliers or vice grips. Unthread the nipple, grease the threads, and bring it back up to tension. This is likely the only way you can make the wheel maintainable in the long term.
Wrong forum; you're loking for the Janet Jackson board! nmpitt83
Feb 5, 2004 4:39 AM