Trueing my rear wheel?

maka Posts: 2
edited July 2009 in Workshop
Hi all,

I am new to the forum and new to bikes... so I need some help. My rear wheel is not true and I was trying to figure out how to fix it. I found a loose spoke and when trying to tighten it with a regular wrench it just untwists itself. The spoke appears to be loose in the "nipple"/ very wobbly... Am i do something wrong or is this unfixable?

Thanks in advance for any advice.


  • NervexProf
    NervexProf Posts: 4,202
    Maka - go here for some inside info:

    It's not rocket science to fix a dodgy spoke and true a wheel.

    Is the wheel front, or rear?

    Suggest you remove the spoke and get a replacement, or two, take the dodgy spoke for an exact pattern, length replacement.

    A simple method of truing involves holding a felt tip pen against the fork blade, seatstay.

    Check the tension of all the spokes - if slack you may feel happier taking the wheel to your LBS.

    Do let us all know how you get on.
    Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom
  • John.T
    John.T Posts: 3,698
    You need a proper spoke key to stand any chance. If you have loose spokes and little experience it may be better to get a shop to do it. Better to get the feel for it by adjusting the small inacuracies that develop. The Parktools site is very useful, book mark it for future reference. Sheldon Brown is also good.