Spoke replacement - not as easy as it looks
I bought a full set of Yamaha rear wheel spokes for my 3AJ with the intention of replacing three bent and one broken ones, and keeping the rest as spares.
I found that for the 'inside' spokes (the ones that you feed into the centre of the hub from the outside) you need to loosen and swing down the corresponding spoke on the other side (as in left to right, not diagonally opposite) of the hub in order to gain enough clearance.
Q1: Do you have to do this or is there another way?
Q2: Many of the nipples/spokes are rusted together, is WD40 my only option short of getting out the hacksaw?
I had removed or swung down three spokes from around the same area on the wheel when I discovered that the fourth spoke will not come out of its little hole in the rim. A good few mm of the threaded end is in the hole, meaning I can't swing the spoke down in order to remove it.
You would think that the spokes on the (diagonally) opposite side (which I haven't touched) would pull to increase the gap between hub and rim on the opposite side. But this is not the case.
Q3: What the...??? What do I do now!?
I really, really hope that makes sense to those who have done this kind of thing before.
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