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Rlynn10304
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Just a reminder to check your spokes every once in a while. Lots of how to videos if you have never done it. Pretty sure dealer service checks but no harm in doing it yourself. 
did mine today at 1706 miles and found 1 loose front and 2 loose rear. 
front wheel took 2 trips around to spec

rear wheel was 3 trips to spec. 
will do my next check at 5000 or the next time i hit an accidental triple. 

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4 minutes ago, NickT7 said:

Thanks for your advice. Do you use a torque wrench? Or is it just the feeling of it's tight enough? 

 

I have a spoke torque wrench but only use it if the spokes are way off or building a new wheel. For this check i used the handometer. Spoke torque is real low using inch / pounds.  So as long as it has tension its fine. Freespin or loose spokes is a problem.  

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i put bike on stand, the slowly rotate wheel, gently tapping each spoke with a 10mm box end wrench. ....  I'm sure a 9 or 11mm would work  😛

a properly tight spoke will give a pleasing "TING"   
a loose spoke will give a dull "thud"

if I get a "thud"  I tighten with a spoke wrench till i get a "TING"

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14 minutes ago, didier said:

Do you need special tool or small flat wrench would work?

The T7 tool kit should have had a spoke wrench,  mine did.

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6 minutes ago, ADVUSA said:

The T7 tool kit should have had a spoke wrench,  mine did.

Ok thanks ... I only ordered mine so wont get it before march.

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I think its a 6mm spanner will be fine. I did mine and as said earlier  you need a ting per spoke not a dull thud. If its dull a little turn clockwise on the spanner and try again. Most spoked wheels need this check every so often 

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  • 9 months later...

Found several loose spokes on the rear wheel after 5000 miles. They weren’t spin free loose but had a dull sound. Used the spoke wrench that came in the tool kit to even them up. 👍

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