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Old 4th June 2008   #1
Jon
How difficult is it to redish a wheel?

I need to move the rim about 5mm. Can redishing be achieved with only a spoke wrench and patience? Considering my bike tinkering experience is limited is this likely to be a recipe for disaster?
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Old 4th June 2008   #2
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That would be wheel-truing if you used a spoke key. If a wheel is true I'd say don't mess with it. Why do you need to move the rim 5mm? Can't you just move the wheel?
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Old 4th June 2008   #3
Jon
I’m converting an old bike to single speed. I removed the cassette (screw on) and replaced with a single shimano freewheel. Unfortunately this means my chain line is no longer straight, so I respaced the rear axle.
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Old 4th June 2008   #4
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tighten up one side 1/4 of a turn and loosen the other side 1/4, repeat maybe 2-3 times :)

or i'll give it a go at any of drinks!
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Old 4th June 2008   #5
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1/2 turn ;-)
Remove the rim tape to be aware that half of the spokes may end up raised and poking into the rim.
Also you may ruun out of threading on the spokes you are tightening.
Usually it's easy, even Dogsballs can do it, outside a pub, surrounded by haranguing drunken cyclists.
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Old 4th June 2008   #6
Jon
Cheers. Sounds simple enough. However if it all goes horribly wrong I might have to take you up on your offer.

If the spokes do end up poking out, what’s the best solution? File them down?
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Old 4th June 2008   #7
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dremel / new spokes? filing will not get them 'below the surface' so to speak.
I base this advice on no practical experience.
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Old 4th June 2008   #8
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start and finish at the valve hole so you know when you have completed one revolution.
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Old 4th June 2008   #9
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start and finish at the valve hole so you know when you have completed one revolution.
good point.

moving a rim over 5mm, you will only change spoke length by 1mm or 2, or 2-3 threads. i severely doubt it would poke through.
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Old 4th June 2008   #10
Jon
Thanks for all the advice. Fingers crossed the spokes keep their heads down.
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Old 9th July 2008   #11
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Thanks for all the advice. Fingers crossed the spokes keep their heads down.
How did you get on? I'm thinking of doing it too.
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Old 10th July 2008   #12
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How did you get on? I'm thinking of doing it too.
its important to check the length of the spokes.
Some wheels use shorter spokes on the driveside.
So youll find it pretty impossible to redish it. If the wheel is cassette, then its better to simply get a SS cog.
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Old 3rd September 2008   #13
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How did you get on? I'm thinking of doing it too.
thats what I need to do as well, got my spoke key now. gonna give it a go tonight, hope I dont f*?k it up!
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