Spoke tension

speedwobble Posts: 8
edited May 2009 in Workshop
Has anybody used the Park TM-1 tool for checking spoke tension. If so, what do you think of it - good bit of kit or a waste of money?


  • geoff_ss
    geoff_ss Posts: 1,201
    I've never used one and never really had a problem but I quite like the idea of being able to check properly that I've achieved an even tension. However, I suspect that with experience a wheelbuilder will end up with the right tension anyway.

    I always keep spoke nipples in a small oil filled pot so that the have minimal friction when tightening. Because that also means they'll have consistent friction I think that helps to get them equal. Works for me on wheels for tandems, trikes and singles.

    So probably not necessary but a nice to have.

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