Sunday, January 18, 2015

Spoke tightening trick

Here's something to remember the next time you need to true your wheel which will make it a little less confusing. First, forget the stupid "righty-tighty/lefty-loosie" technique. Learn the "right-hand rule" for threading. Grab the spoke in your right palm. Orient your thumb in the direction you want to move the nipple. Point your thumb towards the hub to tighten, towards the rim to loosen. Your fingers will then aim in the direction you want to spin the nipple.
My thumb is pointed in the direction for loosening the spoke.
Turn the spoke in the direction my 4 fingers are pointed to loosen
the spoke.

Turn the spoke in the direction of my 4 fingers to
tighten the spoke.

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