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Chinese spoke tension meters
« on: 27 May, 2022, 07:14:23 am »
Hello all

About ten years ago, I used to have a really nice set of bike tools. Unfortunately, some scrote stole them all one day.

I had spent years collecting them and I was gutted. I still find myself thinking of some of them when I have jobs to do, then reach for my toolbox and do a little turn.

I'm going to start fixing my bikes again and I see there are quite a few copies of my old Park spoke tension meter like this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304415151595?hash=item46e08e95eb:g:QhUAAOSwdeRiP7Ge

Anyone tried one? Any good?

Re: Chinese spoke tension meters
« Reply #1 on: 27 May, 2022, 07:51:41 am »
The phone app is supposed to be very accurate.
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Re: Chinese spoke tension meters
« Reply #2 on: 27 May, 2022, 08:18:01 am »
Oh, that's new!

It would mean my owning a smartphone.

Re: Chinese spoke tension meters
« Reply #3 on: 27 May, 2022, 08:30:13 am »
Ah.  It's supposed to be more accurate than the Park meter, but would be more expensive if you had to buy a phone.

I think all the physical meters suffer from poor calibration.  If you could rig up a way to suspend your weight from a single spoke, you could check the kgf figure, but that would require a bit of metalwork.
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Re: Chinese spoke tension meters
« Reply #4 on: 27 May, 2022, 09:58:38 am »

Anyone tried one? Any good?

I've got something similar although it wasn't bought from China, probably made there though.
It's not particularly accurate as far as I can tell but it is useable to a reasonable degree.
Suffers a bit from 'stiction' errors so you have to double check each reading.
I've built a few wheels using it for checking consistency of tension and ballpark actual tension, but I always end up thinking I should get something better.

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Re: Chinese spoke tension meters
« Reply #5 on: 27 May, 2022, 10:55:40 am »
I've got one like that, not sure of the make I'll check when I get home.

I don't worry about the numbers as such, just use it to ensure the spokes are evenly tensioned.

Re: Chinese spoke tension meters
« Reply #6 on: 28 May, 2022, 06:57:27 am »
It's alright, folks! I have managed to cajole my smartphone owning other half to get the tensioning app.

I will report back! It strikes me the microphone might be an issue, but let's see.

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Re: Chinese spoke tension meters
« Reply #7 on: 28 May, 2022, 07:48:32 am »
Which app is that?

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Re: Chinese spoke tension meters
« Reply #8 on: 28 May, 2022, 08:15:55 am »
https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=117807 is what I use. There may be others.
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