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I got a wobble on the back wheel jacked the bike up wobbled the back wheele so expecting wheel bearings. took it to garage and they vtold me one spoke had broke and the rest were loose. i was then told all the spokes were to come out and to be refitted and tightened. i cant see why the wheel has to be stripped just to replace a spoke and to tighten the rest up.

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This is very unusual for the spokes to get loose on a wheel. Without seeing the wheel, I'm betting that the wheel has been relaced at some time or another with chrome or custom spokes. If they used the wrong spokes, they will not stay tight. Since the spokes came loose this time, they'll do it again. I've seen wheels laced like this before and the "knobs" on the hub end of the spoke does not lay in the holes like they should. You cannot keep the spokes tight nor the wheel trued. It's best to have it either relaced the proper way or simply replace the entire wheel.

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