Frequent question: How tight should the spokes be on my bike?

How tight do bike spokes need to be?

Put your thumb around one spoke and your fingers around the spoke next to it and squeeze. The spokes should feel tight and firm. They should have just a little give when you squeeze them fairly hard.

Are bike spokes too tight?

Spokes that have too much tension can result in deforming and/or cracks near the nipple holes of the rim, as seen in the image below. Notice crack at red arrow. Too much tension can also lead to failure of the hub flange.

Should spokes be touching?

In order to counteract this physical limitation, the TIED AND SOLDERED the spokes at the crosses. This was done inorder to effectively extend the hub flange, thereby making it a stiffer wheel. In order to tie and solder spokes, they must touch.

When should I tighten my spokes?

If there’s a big bump, or the wobble extends along the rim for several spokes’ distance, you may need to tighten more of the spokes that go to the other side of the rim.

How do you tell if your spokes are too loose?

Your wheels should not rattle! It could be several things, but it’s often loose spoke nipples. (It’s what they’re called… go ahead and giggle.) If your spokes are so loose they rattle, they’re providing virtually no strength to the wheel structure.

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What happens if my spokes are too long?

Spokes which are too long are at risk of bottoming out before you can achieve sufficient spoke tension. This is generally the “correct” length plus 2mm. Spokes which are too short will be weak as they will not reach the strongest part of the nipple – the nipple head. This is a recipe for early failure.

Can you overtighten spokes?

Too much tension in one particular spot, could potentially break a spoke(s). Lacing & truing wheels isn’t overly difficult, but does require patience. Breaking a spoke can set off a chain reaction, of more broken spokes.

Why do spokes cross?

1. Three-cross. The most common way for a wheel to be laced is with 32 or 36 J-bend spokes, arranged in a three-cross pattern. … Crossing the spokes over helps them handle the pedalling and braking torque being transmitted from the hub to the rim.