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    Stress Relieving with Bladed Spokes

    Do you still follow the practice of squeezing parallel pairs of spoke when the wheel is built with bladed spokes? is there a better way?

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    I definitely do that. I will also put the wheel on the ground and push on the rim, move it a bit, push on the rim...repeat. You can do it with the wheel oriented either vertically or horizontally, I think it's better horizontally. You can also make a 'stress relieving box' and then you'll gain a little consistency.
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    Thanks. Wasn’t sure if it would hurt the spoke squeezing it across the wide area

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch16 View Post
    Thanks. Wasn’t sure if it would hurt the spoke squeezing it across the wide area
    Hurts the hands more, even with heavy gloves. Still my preferred method.

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    I squeeze through the wheel, squeezing the left and right sides together. I grab two spokes at each side where they are crossed and squeeze.

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    Wheel Fanaytic recommends this method of stress relieving.


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    I never really thought of that as 'stress relieving' but more of seating the heads of the spokes in the hub flange properly. I guess it does both. I would do this when the spokes were still relatively loose and then squeeze the spokes as tension is getting higher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ergott View Post
    Hurts the hands more, even with heavy gloves. Still my preferred method.
    This. You cannot hurt the spokes by squeezing them together with your hands unless they aren't yet up to tension. This a paltry compared to the stress on the spokes while riding the bike. Not to mention that the making of a spoke is a brutal process in itself.

    No, you won't hurt the spokes. Get the heaviest pair of gloves you can find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfdemicco View Post
    Wheel Fanaytic recommends this method of stress relieving.

    This is a good thing to do and Mike T. recommends something similar to this on his website. However, it is something to do additionally, not a substitute for squeezing spokes together.
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