How tight should bike spokes be?

On front wheels the tension should be equal on both sides. On rear wheels the tension will be higher on the right side, or drive side of the wheel. Therefore proper spoke tension should be measured on both sides, but set to the right side spokes of rear wheels.

How tight should my bicycle spokes 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 supposed to be tight?

They should be nice and tight and even all round. Any spoke that is tighter than the rest may cause ones next to it to loosen, and is more likely to snap as it’s taking more strain than it should do. Loose spokes arent pulling their weight and will cause the wheel to buckle quickly.

How do I know if my bike spokes are 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.

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How often do spokes break?

Well, 5000 to 6000 miles of riding is an average duration on how often the bike spokes break. But, some riders have completed around 20000 miles with a single pair of wheels. Where few riders get broken spokes even before completing 500 miles. So, you can’t say exactly how often do bike spokes break.

How much does truing a wheel cost?

You can expect to spend anything between $10 and $30 to true a bike wheel at the local bike repair shops. But if you decide to go DIY, you’ll spend anything between $80 and $320 on a professional bike truing stand.

What is a good spoke tension?

Before measuring spoke tension, it’s a good idea to determine what ideal tension should be. Consulting with your rim’s manufacturer is a great place to start. Most rims have suggested ranges from 100 to 120 Kilograms-force, or 980 to 1177 Newtons. This is assuming there is no pressure in the tire.

Should I tighten my spokes?

Generally it is preferable to tighten spokes rather than loosening them – spokes may loosen themselves over time if they are run too loose, but they will not tighten up on their own.

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.

Can you over tighten bike spokes?

Spoke tension is important to ensure your wheels are strong, reliable and long lasting. Spokes that are too loose will continue to loosen and require constant wheel truing. Spokes that are too tight will cause damage to the rim, spoke nipples and hub flanges.

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Which way do you tighten bike spokes?

The key to truing is adjusting the spoke(s) on the correct side of the wheel. Note that the spokes have nut-like devices at the rim called nipples. When viewed from above, nipples are turned clockwise with the spoke wrench to tighten spoke tension and counterclockwise to loosen it.

What happens if you overtighten spokes?

Tightening your spokes without checking true can definitely lead to problems as you found out; if you had done this to most rear wheels you would have ended up with your wheel with incorrect dish (and if yours is a disc wheelset then that might be the case as well), as there is a difference in tension between drive and …