Bladed spoke 90 degrees out

caedev
caedev Posts: 81
edited March 2014 in Workshop
I have a nearly new pair of fulcrum racing 5s and whilst changing the rear tyre I noticed on of my spokes is 90 degrees out, so it's flat surface is facing the direction of travel. It's the spoke nearest the valve. Is this normal? If not, is it simply a case of twisting the nipple to straighten it out?

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  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    Yep, straighten it... it happens in straight pull bladed spokes
    left the forum March 2023
  • JayKosta
    JayKosta Posts: 635
    Be sure to deflate the tire FIRST - otherwise the nip can tear the rim strip.

    Jay Kosta
    Endwell NY USA
  • caedev
    caedev Posts: 81
    Crap, already did it while the tyre was inflated. I'm assuming I've not done any damage given that the tyre is still inflated?
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    caedev wrote:
    Crap, already did it while the tyre was inflated. I'm assuming I've not done any damage given that the tyre is still inflated?

    NO idea what Jay is talking about... worry not, it's fine
    left the forum March 2023
  • JayKosta
    JayKosta Posts: 635
    If the slotted head of the nip is pressed tight against the rim strip, the slot can dig into the strip and rip it when turned with a pressurized tire.

    When adjusting nips to true a rim, I always deflate the tire first.

    Jay Kosta
    Endwell NY USA
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    JayKosta wrote:
    If the slotted head of the nip is pressed tight against the rim strip, the slot can dig into the strip and rip it when turned with a pressurized tire.

    When adjusting nips to true a rim, I always deflate the tire first.

    Jay Kosta
    Endwell NY USA

    Modern rims are all over 20 mm, so the chance of a nipple being close to the rim tape is pretty much zero. That might have been the case on my vintage Ambrosio Starlight
    left the forum March 2023
  • JayKosta
    JayKosta Posts: 635
    Thanks ugo, it seems my 'technology' is all out-of-date!
    (such as the steel rims and cottered cranks on my Peugeot U-08 ...)

    I agree if there is clearance between the nip head and rim tape, then no need to deflate.

    Jay Kosta
    Endwell NY USA