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Guy I bought bike off said that he replaced the wheel and they just popped out so I replaced them then they both popped out again and now a further 6 have just popped out I got a new wheel but just wanted to see if I could make sure it didn't happen again

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Have to make sure the wheel is true when you're doing that though right?

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I was always advised not to bother trying to adjust / replace spokes yourself.

Just give them a routine check and if any are loose nip them up gently then get yourself to a professional.

I think they can really cause some harm if not adjusted properly, poor handling etc.

I'd imagine you could get someone to come out to you, with an alignment machine and all the necessary weights etc. I think you'd really struggle to set them up correctly yourself.

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Unless you know what you're doing, get this sorted by a pro.

There are general methods for properly adjusting a spoked wheel, but now that everything requires balancing and weighting, it's so much easier if you find someone with the kit and setup already.

Most tyre-fitting places (including mobile and ride-in ones) can help with this sort of thing easy enough.

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they popping out through the rim?

seems the rim has worn spoke holes and just the rim needs replacing.

no-way I would use the bike that way!

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Definately a job for a pro, don't ride the bike to them though.

Tightening up the odd soke is normal routine maintenace, you should occasionally spin the wheel and let a spanner clank over the spokes to listen for any dull notes compared to the others.

I'd have to disagree with the comment about taking it to any tyre fitting place. If you want your wheel fucked up by a numpty that thinks they know what they are doing this might be for you. Otherwise take it to a bike shop that has real (as opposite to play station 'plug in' jockeys who wouldn't know a push rod alignment comb from a magneto) bike mechanics or a specialist wheel rebuilder like Hagons. This is one thing where you need someone's expertise as its not easy to get right. Mis alignment or out of true are not your main worries as you'll know as soon as you ride the bike if some thing's not right, a wheel collasping at speed due to incorrect spoke tension you'll know nothing about until it happens.

Saying that I learnt how to do it by doing it :-O

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I'd have to disagree with the comment about taking it to any tyre fitting place. If you want your wheel fucked up by a numpty that thinks they know what they are doing this might be for you.

Perhaps the guys round my way are just special, then but all (well, both) our dedicated tyre fitting companies in this area are shit hot on anything to do with bike wheels. I assumed they were all like that.

I approached Hagons myself, when my own rear spokes were loose. They spotted that I was in Reading and actually named one of the local guys, saying they'd be quicker and cheaper (no postage!), but would do just as good a job.

Coincidentally, that same guy suggested Hagons for a replacement monoshock and it's been excellent ever since!

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I found one near me too and I hovered around all the time, I must admit he was really good and we had a good chat.

seems he also gets to do customers special Kevlar wheels, £1.5k a pop :eek2:

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You guys have had good luck in that case, normally tyre fitting centres don't have the knowledge required, nor do main dealers (any more).

But find ones that do, post them as they are a rare breed these days!

A local bike shop near where I used to live sent people to the local tyre fitting centre as he didn't have a balancing machine. They soon started taking all the tyre fitting work, that was untill they damaged quite a few wheels, OK most where only marks in the finish, but they did manage to gouge a few with tyre levers and one poor guy they flattened the flange requiring a new wheel (10 month old sports bike and I wouldn't accept anything less either). Their 'specialist' turned out to be an out sourced company they sent wheel repairs to - nothing to do with them.

If the fitting centre is obviously highly specialised to motorcycles then I'll have bow to their expertise. But I wouldn't just rock up at any tyre fitting centre and expect them to be experts even if they do claim to be motorcycle trained - they'll know the basics but thats all.

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In Reading you have Ride-In Tyres - Ride in, get new tyre fitted, ride out, as the name says.

Also you have GS Motorcycle Tyres - Mobile/fixed services in and around the area.

http://www.rideinbiketyres.co.uk/

http://www.gsmotorcycletyres.co.uk/

I've used both and continue to do so quite happily - We have a couple of highly experienced bike mechanics in Reading, but after decades in the industry even they recommend using these guys!

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