Question: How do you know if your motorcycle spokes are loose?

How do I know if my spokes are 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.

Can I ride with a loose spoke?

Never ride with a loose spoke. The friction created will cause the rider to burst into flames and may even cause the Earth to slip off it’s axis.

How often should you tighten spokes?

If your wheels were built well, once a year or less take it into the shop and get a touch up. If you do mess with your wheels it is just as important to loosen the opposite side spokes as you tighten one side to cure a hop. Sometimes if only one spoke is loose you don’t need to loosen others.

What noise do loose spokes make?

Spokes often move as they pass under your body weight with each wheel revolution. This can produce a tick or click noise, which comes from where the spokes touch each other at the cross.

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What happens if you over tighten 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.

What causes loose spokes?

You may be suffering from low spoke tension over the whole wheel. Spokes twist when the nipple is tightened, which may result in a spoke that looses tension very quickly while riding, putting the wheel back out of true. Spoke prep helps get the nipple up to tension with reduced twisting of the spoke.

Can you tighten spokes with pliers?

No, never use pliers to tighten spokes. Use a dedicated spoke wrench which can be purchased at your local bike shop. If you do not have a wheel truing stand, have your wheels trued and tighten by a reputable bike shop mechanic. You can, but it’s really not recommended.

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 it cost to replace bike spokes?

Spokes are usually $1.00 – $2.00 each. Any shop will sell individual spokes. Labor to replace a spoke is $10 – $20 depending on your location.

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How do bike spokes break?

Bike spokes break most commonly due to wear and tear. A high-frequent cause for spoke breaks is that the rider has hit a curb or pothole, doesn’t maintain the bike well, or the passenger is too heavy for that model. Rougher terrain will also deteriorate the rims faster, which in turn deteriorates the spokes faster.

Should bike spokes be tight or loose?

Basically the wheels should be as tight as possible without creating rounding and or galling when turning nipples. if in doubt refer to the late great sheldon brown. I built my first wheel ooh maybe 15 years ago using his site.

Should all bike spokes be tight?

The spokes should feel tight and firm. They should have just a little give when you squeeze them fairly hard. Repeat this process with the next pair of spokes and so on until you have worked all the way around the wheel and felt every spoke. Squeeze a few spokes on other bikes to get an idea of how they should feel.

How much does it cost to true a bike wheel?

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.