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Just discovered one spoke on my back wheel was wiggling around a bit, and probably had been for a while. Wheel is still in true, though, for the most part. After tightening the nipple, is there anything I should double-check on or otherwise worry about?
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Re: Wiggly spoke

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Originally Posted by Syrio Forel
Just discovered one spoke on my back wheel was wiggling around a bit, and probably had been for a while. Wheel is still in true, though, for the most part. After tightening the nipple, is there anything I should double-check on or otherwise worry about?
You will probably need to re-true the wheel as putting more tension on that single spoke will move the rim.
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Re: Wiggly spoke

Thanks. Do you guys generally use a truing stand or just eyeball it when it's on the bike? (I want to get a stand but the price kinda makes me put off buying one.)
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Re: Wiggly spoke

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Originally Posted by Syrio Forel
Thanks. Do you guys generally use a truing stand or just eyeball it when it's on the bike? (I want to get a stand but the price kinda makes me put off buying one.)
With just one spoke, I would just spin the wheel using the brake pads as a guide. However, having a "round" wheel is very important, and that is hard to judge using the pads. Eventually you will want to buy a truing stand.
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Re: Wiggly spoke

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Originally Posted by Syrio Forel
Just discovered one spoke on my back wheel was wiggling around a bit, and probably had been for a while. Wheel is still in true, though, for the most part. After tightening the nipple, is there anything I should double-check on or otherwise worry about?
You should really check all of the spokes for even tension. If you have already found one noticeably loose spoke, my bet is that the tension of rest of the spokes is going to be all across the board. You need to get all of the spokes adequately and evenly tensioned and retrue the wheel. I suspect that if you don't you'll be doomed to having a frequency of broken spokes.
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