How to Thread Wheel Spokes on a Kid's Bike

Knowing how to thread wheel spokes on a kid's bike can really come in handy in the event that your kid does some damage to their bicycle wheel. Bike tires are not always the most durable piece of bike gear and it can be relatively easy, the way kids ride bikes, to damage their wheel spokes.

Being able to thread wheel spokes on your kids bike can also save you money, since you won't have to take it to a bicycle shop and have it professionally repaired.

Make sure that you don't let your kid ride around on a bicycle with a damaged wheel spoke, since that could do even more damage to the wheel and bike. Another thing to keep in mind when you're buying your replacement spoke is that it needs to be exactly the same length as the old spoke. Here are some tips to help you learn how to thread wheel spokes.

You've probably seen a bicycle being worked on, upside down.  You need to get your kid's bicycle upside down and steady, just like this. That way the bicycle isn't rolling around while you're trying to work on it. You may need to prop it up against something; just make sure that it isn't going to move. Then take the nuts which are holding the wheel on off and remove the wheel from the bike. Deflate the tire and take it off of the wheel, followed by the tube.

Now you want to pull the rubber band off of the rim and remove the bent or broken spoke from the wheel. You will most likely need to cut it out using wire cutters. Pull out any pieces of the spoke which remain in the wheel.

Using your new spoke, put the head into the empty hole in the rim. It may be a little bit resistant, and you might have to bend it a little bit to get it in the rim. This is fine, as long as you don't bend it to the point where you damage it. When you have the spoke situated, put the nipple through the rim and thread it onto the end of the spoke. Tighten the nipple using your hand only.

Put the wheel rim back on the bicycle frame and tighten the nuts. This is where you'll need to have a spoke wrench. You'll want to make sure that when you spin the wheel once it is back on the bicycle, that it spins easily. If it doesn't, you'll have to adjust it and use the spoke wrench to tighten it.

Your last step is to put the rubber band back over the rim, then the tube, then the tire. You can put air back in your tire and give your bicycle a test drive to ensure you have threaded the spoke correctly.

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