Do you know how to tighten spokes on a BMX bike? It’s not as hard as you may think, but it is important to do it properly in order to avoid ruining your bike.
In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of tightening your spokes, so that you can rest easy knowing that your bike is in good condition.
But let’s first take a look at why this happens!
Why do bike spokes get loose?
There are several reasons why spokes loosen/come loose.
Worn-out nipple – This usually happens when you tighten the spoke, and then it gets worn out/loose again. This is because when you tighten the spoke, the spoke twists against the nipple. Over time, this wears down both parts and causes them to lose firmness. Additionally, this can also happen due to the material that the spoke and nipple are made of.
Worn-out rim tape – The rim tape is what keeps your wheel from getting damaged by the spoke. This works because it acts as a barrier between two things: spokes and rim (the place where you put tire). As time goes by, the rim tape can get worn out and cause the spoke to come loose.
Over-tightening a spoke – When you tighten a spoke too much, it can cause damage to various parts of the bike. It’s because when you tighten a spoke too much, both the nipple and the spokes get damaged. This damage will make it easier for the spoke to come loose and get damaged again. This is why it’s important to know how and when to tighten your spokes!
Vibration from riding – When riding your BMX bike and doing some tricks, it can cause vibration. This will wear down your spokes and loosen them over time unless you tighten them properly. So remember to take a look at your spokes from time to time, so that they won’t damage too much from the vibrations!
The material of the bike/spokes – There are several materials that spokes are made of, and this may affect how long it can last. So if you have a BMX bike made of cheap material, don’t expect the spokes to last as long as those who have an alloy or stainless steel bicycle!
How to tighten spokes on a BMX bike?
There are several methods that you can use to tighten your spoke. We will walk you through the proper way, as well as some alternatives if you are in a pinch!
1) Use the right tool
Using the right tools is very important. You don’t want to use an ill-fitting wrench or screwdriver because it can get stuck or break, which can cause damage to your bike. So when tightening your spoke, always use the proper tool!
However, you should know that the same type of wrench may not work for your BMX bike, because there are often slight differences in sizes. This is why it’s best to have multiple wrenches so that you can use the one that fits!
2) Turn slowly
You want to tighten up your spokes little by little, by turning them clockwise. You want to be careful not to over-tighten your spoke, otherwise, it might get stuck or break. Make sure that you are not forcing too hard when tightening the spoke, just enough pressure should do!
3) Don’t forget other spokes!
It can be easy to forget about tightening other spokes on your wheel. This is bad because it causes the wheel to be misaligned. So don’t forget about tightening other spokes on your wheel, and straightening them out so that they are all in line!
4) Tighten from both sides
When you tighten a spoke, you want to make sure that you tighten them evenly. You can do this by starting from one side and twisting it a little, and then going to the other side. This way, you can be sure that both spokes are tightened evenly so that your wheel is not misaligned!
5) Don’t over-tighten
If you tighten your spoke too much, it will cause damage to both the spoke as well as the nipple. You want to make sure that you tighten until it is firm, and there should be some wiggle room left. If the spoke is too tight, it will cause damage to your wheel and become difficult to turn!
Here is a short video demonstrating how to do it properly!
My final thoughts.
Before tightening your bike spokes, you have to know the reasons why your spokes get loose and damaged.
There are various causes such as dirt, rust, water, wear, vibrations, the material of your bike and more. So you have to know all these reasons before continuing with tightening your spoke or replacing a broken one.
If you follow the above method and tips on how to tighten spoke of a BMX bike I hope it will help you to prolong the life of your BMX bike.
Additionally, there are several other methods you can use to tighten your spoke if the above method doesn’t work for you.