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When to Re-Lace a rim?

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I have noticed on the past couple of rides that my spokes, mainly on the rear rim, will no longer tighten. There are no more threads showing on the spokes at the nipple. So basically it seems that the spokes are fully stretched to the point I can no longer tighten them. I have never owned a bike long enough to notice this as a problem. Is this normal to eventually get spokes fully stretched to where they will no longer tighten? Is it just a matter of re-lacing the rim with new spokes? Suggestions?

Thanks.

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The spokes are probably stretched, but chances are if they are the stock rims, the nipples are frozen or stripped to the point that you can't turn them anymore. I've had to take a torch and heat them a little bit to get them to move again. You might try that. Don't overheat them, you'll pop the tube. You have to remember, the spoke is stainless steel and the nipple is aluminum. 2 different metals together create osmosis causing corossion to occur much faster.

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