Glue on your spoke nipples

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Flapdoodle, May 22, 2009.

  1. Flapdoodle

    Flapdoodle Member

    I have had to re-true my back wheel for the third time. Not an easy task with a bad back and two chains to deal with.

    This time after the rim strip was installed, I slid it to the side and put a drop of Gorilla glue around each nipple. then slid the strip back over. The glue will expand and hopefully between sticking to the metal and the rubber they will not unscrew themselves again.

    This WalMart wheel has been a pain since I bought it. TEN of the spokes were 1/4" too long and had to be shortened to get them tight. Only two spokes were too long on the front wheel.

    Does any one have a better solution to prevent nipples from getting loose?

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    That sounds like the right fix if the trouble is nipples coming loose. I've never thought of an out of true wheel as being caused by that, though.

    I've always had the notion that it came of being slammed too hard and the rim bending "around" the spoke anchors.
  3. Junster

    Junster Member

    Is the trouble on the engine drive sprocket side? The walmart spokes are soft they maybe stretching.
  4. Flapdoodle

    Flapdoodle Member

    I thought of that. It happened to spokes at random. Most nipples could be turned easily with my fingers. The nipples seem as though they are a poor thread fit for the spokes, but I don't have the tools to measure that.

    The bike has been babied since I got it except for one test when I got it to 34mph. It went airborne when I hit a bump and decided I should not do that at my age.
  5. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    spokes unscrewing themselfs ??
    don't think that will ever happen unless they are real loose in the first place
    some of the new wheels these days come with so so tight spokes
    and then they loosen up more after a little riding
    pretty easy with wheel left on bike -- take all spokes up 1/2 turn -- spoke wrench
    then just some slight trueing is all that should be needed

  6. Flapdoodle

    Flapdoodle Member

    That is exactly what has been happening. They were a sloppy fit when new. This last time the wheel was way out of true after just one short ride.
  7. Grease

    Grease New Member

    My spokes would vibrate loose to the point of having 1/2" of slop in some of the spokes. I tightened and trued the wheels, then used a drop of blue loctite on the nipple (between the nipple and the spoke). Problem solved.
  8. Porkchop

    Porkchop Member

    First blame the bike manufacturer for building such junk, then blame Walmart for buying the junk and passing it on to cunsumers ! It all revolves around the almighty $$$$$$
    Last edited: May 23, 2009
  9. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    maybe we are just talking about true junk wheels here ?? I don't know ??
    if that's the case we may be talking a safty issue here
    should we seek a refund ??

    when spokes are kept pretty snug -- tight -- they usually don't just loosen
    sure in time they stretch

    to loosen my spokes -- one would need a quality spoke wrench
    and a good strong turning finger and thumb

    these babies are not just going to un-loosen themselfs

    ride that MB thing
  10. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    My Wal-mart spoke

    has pulled out at the nipple with out breaking the spoke off , go figure ???
    The chinese steel has magical propties!!!!
  11. TheOtherStyle

    TheOtherStyle New Member

    i love you for this post, seriously.

    as i posted in another thread, you can get cheap priced decent quality wheels from i got a wheel from them, an Alex i think it was (sorry, i'm on dialup and dont feel like looking at my own link lol). i'm a heavy guy and not a nice rider, and the wheel i got from them has held up well to my abuse. granted thats on a non-motorized bike, but if it handles a 300 pound fat*** slamming a heavy mountain bike around, it ought to do just fine for you lighter folks with motors.
  12. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Why blame Walmart? I don't shop there but I don't blame them either.
    A lot of the problem is simply buying a $100 bike and thinking you got something good. Kinda like a $125 engine kit. If you use either much at all you're gonna end up rebuilding them.
  13. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    unusual problem -- but noted

    unusual problem to be found on a brand new wheel -- brand new bike -- but noted
    at this point
    new wheel with loose spokes
    the bike ((should not be ridden at all)) until all spokes are tightened

    yes -- riding on a bike with loose spokes can cause damage
    nipple threads ect ect

    have tightened thousands of wheels
    sure in time they all loosen again -- but that's ((way down the road if done right))

    as we ride those THINGS
  14. Irish John

    Irish John Guest

    Yes, in all seriousness, don't buy from Wallmart. Get a better host bike to begin with.