Stupid tire tube question HELP

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Postby Shadow Catcher » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:43 am

When we first got our tandem it had 36 spoke wheels with cheap SS spokes. Almost every time we went out we broke spokes on the chain side of the rear wheel (the most tension). I finally had them replaced with DT (The best then) spokes which helped some but eventually had new wheels built with 48 spoke Rino rims. The shop that did the work uses a tensometer which is the ONLY way to get them truly even and 12 years later they are still dead nuts on.

OK why the insistence on using a tensometer. On my road bike I had new wheels made and the shop has GOOD REPUTATION. but they had to be "trued" almost every week. Took them to the shop that does truing with the tensometer and they had to replace the spokes and true the wheels. 13 years later they are still true.
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Postby Mauleskinner » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:39 pm

kennyrayandersen wrote:I was mostly giving Mauleskinner a heads up. This would be especially true of an 'enthusiastically' used MTB. :lol:

Duly noted...thanks!

Mine seems to have stopped breaking 'em...Spoke tension was pretty low when I got the wheel, and I got that taken care of before installing it on my bike, but I suspect the damage was done with those spokes already.

I keep my brake calipers fairly close, so I notice right away if the wheel is out of true, and take care of it right away as well...I'll make sure to include wheel inspections in my normal maintenance, though.

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Postby Fenlason » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:20 pm

We use a gage to check spoke tension. I was taught to pluck the spokes. I will equalize tension by sound.. then double check .. and set the ultimate tension with the gage. Plucking is much faster..than using the gage.. when first equalizing. :D

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