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    Loose Spokes

    As I was filling my rear tire yesterday, i noticed a loose spoke. I haven't had time to research how to fix it - hope I don't need any special tools.

    Does this mean my wheel is not true? Any real danger from riding this way for a short time? I'd appreciate any advice on dealing with it...thanks.

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    spoke wrench and tighten. Or small adjustable wrench. The wheel can be damaged like this. Most multi tools have spoke wrench built in. I run v-brakes so an out of true wheel will drag the brakes. However those same brakes are perfect for poor mans wheel turing stand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by portlander View Post
    As I was filling my rear tire yesterday, i noticed a loose spoke. I haven't had time to research how to fix it - hope I don't need any special tools.

    Does this mean my wheel is not true? Any real danger from riding this way for a short time? I'd appreciate any advice on dealing with it...thanks.
    Probably a little out of true.

    Get a pencil and hold it up to the rim.....where it marks the rim is where it is out of true...

    First lossen the spokes to ket the rim move in the direction it needs to..

    Then tighten the spokes to "pull the wheel back to true"

    Do two or three spokes on either side of the wow.....on both sides onside looser...one side tighter.

    Usually it only takes a turn or two on each spoke....

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