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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-24-2018, 03:20 AM
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When I bought new wheels for my 900 Thruxton they came with a sheet of information re after care recommending purchase of a spoke torque wrench . As I had purchased my wheels from a company supplying supermoto competitors where the wheels would take quite a pounding I took this advice as not all that relevant to road riding , I don't expect to see much air time on my Thruxton .
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Amazing idea Hartbiker - Is there an optimal key for each rim size / spoke length... gives a whole new meaning to tuning !?!

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Amazing idea Hartbiker - Is there an optimal key for each rim size / spoke length... gives a whole new meaning to tuning !?!


I like this too - a brilliant suggestion and as I recall electronic guitar tuners can be had quite cheaply. Very timely to as I'm just finishing up rebuilding two wheels. However I suspect the optimal note could vary by wheel based at least partly on the length of the spokes. A good starting point might be finding the average note on an existing wheel. Maybe go into a dealer and check one of their new bikes (assuming it was built correctly!).

Edit - I should have thought of it but of course there's an app for that! Fender has a free tuning app in IOS and I assume for android as well

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I think we might be taking this a little too seriously. As others have noted, properly built wheels on road bikes rarely need to be touched to the extent that on many road bikes I owned, the nipples were virtually rusted solid anyway.

As long as the rim is straight and the spokes go ping, my Bultaco trials bike is happy !

Broken spokes or nipples do require expert or well-informed attention, but are unlikely to happen on a Thruxton - my advice is 'if it works don't fix it', join OCD anonymous and get out and enjoy riding it !

Happy daze !
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