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post #1 of 4 Old 08-30-2019, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Spoke Tightening

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Just to confirm. I need a 6mm Spoke wrench correct?

I don't have a Torque Wrench in Inch pounds so is this something I can do by feel?

The spokes are turned counter-Clockwise to tighten?
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-30-2019, 08:06 PM
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Clock-wise to tighten. Just start at the valve stem and turn each spoke only 1/4 of a turn and work your way all the way around the wheel. That will give you a feel for the tension.
Then if you felt a few looser spokes, simply check, check, check, snug a loose one 1/4 of a turn, ck,ck,ck,ck,ck,ck, snug, ck,ck,ck,ck,ck,ck,ck,ck, snug................ all the way around the wheel 2-5 times around. This usually keeps them pretty straight.

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Eh, depends on what you're looking at. If you have the wheel in a truing stand or in the fork and you are looking down the spoke at the nipple, then it is turned counter-clockwise to tighten. In my yoot, working in a bicycle shop, I was the only one who could true a wheel because everyone else got fouled up on the righty-tighty thing. Man, them guys made some pretzels!

If you are looking at the head of the nipple, then they tighten clockwise because, of course, the spoke and nipple are a right-hand thread.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-31-2019, 09:15 AM
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Yes, a 6mm wrench will work, but don't use one of those 6mm Craftsman "ignition" wrenches; they're not robust enough and there's not enough bearing area on the two flats. It's best to use a proper spoke wrench like the attached from Rowe products. And, no, you don't need a torque wrench for tightening spokes. It's best to tension all spokes the same and you can get an idea of their tension by squeezing spoke pairs.

Are you building a wheel, correcting a warped wheel or merely tightening spokes? If building a wheel or correcting a warped wheel always work on the vertical alignment first followed by the side-to-side alignment.

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