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    Just got new wheels, should I get a spoke wrench....

    Just got new wheels. I have read on here that some say to keep an eye on new wheels for the first couple hundred of miles.

    What should I look out for?

    Should I buy a spoke wrench in case some start to come loose?

    If one does come loose, can I screw up my wheels and make them go out of true if I tighten them up wrong?

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    Look out for out of true.

    You should have already had a spoke wrench.

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    The wheels should be been pre-tensioned before they left the builder. If they go out of true and you don't know how to true them, take the wheels to a LBS. Tightening a loose spoke won't fix the problem.

    On traditionally spoked wheels (28-36 spokes), knowing how to true out a wheel on the road after breaking a spoke is a good skill to have. The wheel will have to be re-trued and tensioned after the spoke is replaced, but you can get home with the remaining spokes and frame paint intact.
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    as the other guys have said, a spoke wrench will do more harm than good if you don't know how to use it...and the way you're asking this question tells me you don't. don't worry about doing it yourself 'til someone that really knows what they're doing (a competent wheelbuilder, not a random shop kid) can show you all that goes in to properly truing a wheel.
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    oh, those belong in another forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcmkx2000 View Post
    Just got new wheels. I have read on here that some say to keep an eye on new wheels for the first couple hundred of miles.
    "Some say" are correct if the wheels were never built properly to begin with.

    What should I look out for?
    The wheels being out of true.

    Should I buy a spoke wrench in case some start to come loose?
    If one does come loose, can I screw up my wheels and make them go out of true if I tighten them up wrong?
    Don't touch a spoke wrench until you know what to do with one. Start with reading the info within my sig and progress to the links at the end.
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