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I imagine this is somewhat common for older bikes with wear and tear on original wheels and spokes, but nonetheless I have some spokes on both my front and rear wheels that turn waaay too easily, almost by hand, as I go around every fourth spoke, methodically, to tighten them, until all are tight (ideally/goal).

 

The spokes that are all loosey-goosey don’t APPEAR to be damaged, but they just turn and turn and turn and never tighten. I’m afraid that if I turned them too much the threads would come right out of the bottom of the spoke just above the nipple (I see more and more spoke thread appear on those).

 

Is there a common cause and cure for said loosey-goosey spokes? Such spokes comprise maybe around 20% on both wheels, with all others able to tighten normally.

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Also, the wheels themselves appear to be in fine shape and spin quite ‘true’. I’d like to think I can just have the wheels ‘re-laced’ somewhere in the area by a wheel builder/specialist?

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Looks like I can get both front and rear sets of spokes for my rims for about $45/set (front 21”, rear 19”). Maybe I should just re-lace them both?

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