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Shimano R550 Wheel Repair

rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 22,311
edited August 2010 in The workshop
Hitting a raised manhole cover this morning, the rear wheel got wrenched sideways, and the head of the nipple one of the non-drive side spokes was pulled off.

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I have a spare set of these wheels with a damaged rim, so I have access to some replacement nipples, but I've no idea whether fitting these is a sensible thing to attempt at home (without any specialist wheel building equipment or the correct size spoke key - a large wheel-specific one) or if I should just head straight to the LBS.

All suggestions welcome.

Ta.
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  • Park SW-14C is the spoke wrench you want:

    http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/ebwPNLq ... 148c003523

    Fun to replace, those straight pull spokes make for an awkward fix as they spin when you're trying to tension them. Get a small shifter squeezed onto the flat of the spoke to stop them spinning.

    Good Luck :)
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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 22,311
    Thanks for that BM. I've seen a little Shimano widget on Wiggle, like a miniature spanner with a slot to hold the bladed spoke, and a head to adjust the nipple on the other end. Weirdly they sell them individually (at a fiver each), when you obviously need two to do the job. :roll:
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

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