Wheel care is probably one of the most neglected areas of a Bike or Car’s maintenance, we all remember to check oil and water levels from time to time but how often do you make sure the spokes in your wheel are tight and how often should you look at them.
How often you check your wheels depends on how much you use your Bike or Car and what type of use it gets.
A spoked wheel that is only used occasionally on main roads for a leisurely drive will require a lot less attention than one that has been used over rough ground or for fast acceleration.
Motocross / Trials
You should be inspecting your wheels every event
Road (easy use, used weekends only)
You should be inspecting your wheels ever 3 to 6 months
Road (hard use, used all week, fast acceleration, sprints, Road Racing)
You should be inspecting your wheels once a month or every event
How to check your wheel
Using a metal tool (a screwdriver or spanner are ideal) tap each of the spokes and listen carefully to the sound they make, each spoke should make roughly the same sound and this should be a sharp ping rather than a dull ding, any spokes that make a dull ding will require tightening however if there are a few lose at one point of a wheel this will have caused the wheel to go out of alignment.