spoke question

What holds the spokes from turning in the hub? Do they have some kind of shoulder like a carriage bolt? I found several lose spokes, read some threads on wheel truing, and commenced tightening. Some of the just spun. I hope that I don't need new hubs. Oh, it's the rear wheel on a 426 '01. I don't know if that matters but thought that I should throw that in. Thanks in advance.

The spokes have a slight bend near the end before they go in the hub. There isn't anything keeping them from spinning other than the geometry of the bend in the spoke in relation to where the spoke goes through the hub and where the spoke goes through the rim. It sounds like your spoke nipple has corroded to the spoke, which is common if the spoke threads where not lubed before assembly, especially on wheels that are a couple years old. Spray some penetrating oil on the threads, let it sit, then hold the spoke with pliers while turning the nipple. If all goes well you should be able to turn the nipple on the spoke this way.

Thanks, I have already sprayed them. Do you know if you can true a wheel with the tire on, I can't seem to get the tire off. I've done several, but this one is a bear. (fix-a-flat maybe). I may have to cut the tire off.

Thanks, I have already sprayed them. Do you know if you can true a wheel with the tire on, I can't seem to get the tire off. I've done several, but this one is a bear. (fix-a-flat maybe). I may have to cut the tire off.

If you are going to use a truing stand then you may have trouble fitting it on the stand with the tire on. If you are going to true it on the bike then you should be able to do it with the tire on, though it is easier without the tire.

Thanks again, out to the garage I go.

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