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I got a messed up old wheel im trying to true for the first time. My problem is the spoke is turning as im turning the wrench and i cant make any progress. I tried putting a drop of oil we had into the area but it didnt work. Is there anything I can do? Because the spoke isnt supposed to be turning is it?
 

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"Old Wheel" is a key word here.

It may not have been made with quality SS spokes and may not have been prep'd properly when last built nor maintained well thus the spoke and nipple may be corroded together causing them to turn as though they are one.

A drop of penetrating oil and some patience and maybe something to prevent the spoke from turning while turning the nipple could help, but then....maybe not.

Practicing on an old wheel has advantages when you are learning this skill. Right now sounds like you are learning other skills associate with truing.

Even on brand new wheel parts spoke windup can be a problem in certain circumstances.
 

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ya its about 15 years old, but i got it to crank. Apparently all i needed to do was apply alot of force :p the spokes all made a "ping" sound, but then they were fine.

Atleast now i know how to do it!
 

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You can clamp a small pointed vise grip to the spoke just above the nipple so the spoke doesn't twist. If they do get twisted, you'll need to relieve that or they will make pinging sounds as you ride.
 
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