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building and truing wheels is a specialized skill that takes a lot of practice. Most manufacturers use robots to build the wheels to save on labor costs. To have a human build a wheel can cost more than $50 per wheel for the labor. Spokes retail for about $1-$2 a piece and include a brass nipple. Spokes also come in different gauges. Most bike shops that sell spokes usually only carry a few sizes in stainless steel.
If you are only replacing one or two spokes you can take the broken spoke to a bike shop and they can measure it and hopefully have the right size in stock to sell you a replacement. Use the right size spoke wrench for your spokes to unscrew the nipple from the broken spoke, you will then be able to remove (spokes can be very flexible and will bend a lot to get them out of the hub). Observe the adjacent spokes and the lacing pattern to re-install the spoke in the hub and thread it into the new nipple that came with the replacement spoke. Put the wheel back in the frame and use the brake pads as a reference guide to tighten and true the adjacent spoke nipples until the wheel no longer rubs on the brake pads and you are satisfied.
My personal opinion is that on a Huffy, it is faster, cheaper and easier to buy a replacement wheel from your local bike shop for $35-$45. The spokes, rims and hubs used on Huffy's are of very low quality (most don't even use stainless steel spokes) and a new replacement wheel from your local bike shop (LBS) will be ten times better than trying to fix the old original equipment, IMHO.
If lifted off the ground, do the wheels rotate freely? If not, the wheel bearings will need to be replaced.
It could also be the steering head bearing. Turn the handlebars from lock to lock. You may be able to feel a notch at the dead centre point. It indicates a notch in the bearing race and it will need to be replaced.
Hi Anonymous, rear axel nut torque is 65 ft lbs. but if you have a spoked wheel you could have broken, missing or loose spokes. Take it to your local dealer or reputable shop and they can fix you up. Not many people out there that know how to relace and true a spoked wheel. WARNING!!!!! do not attempt to retighten spokes your self you will end up with an egg gauranteed. Good luck
Best solution to a wheel that's wobbling all over the place because it's missing spokes: Replace the wheel. Why? Straightening a wheel that's messed up because it's missing a few spokes is a difficult art.
Next best solution: Bring the wheel to a bike shop and ask them to replace the missing spokes and true the wheel. Why? See above.
If you insist on having a whack at it, you can remove the wheel by loosening the axle nuts and slipping the wheel out of the frame. You may need to remove a brake pad to get the tire past the brake assembly. Then take the wheel to your friendly neighborhood bike shop and ask them to remove the freewheel assembly from the hub (it requires a special tool that you don't have). Buy some spokes and nipples while you're at the shop. Be very nice to the bike shop people because they'll likely be the folks you'll come back to when you decide you need a new wheel. Once you have the spokes in and the wheel is straight (good luck with that), you can replace the gear cluster without the tool the shop used to take it off, since the freewheel doesn't freewheel in the direction you turn it to put it back on. Good luck!
To change just the rim is a pretty big job, since you would have to remove every spoke and assemble a new wheel. But maybe you are asking how to straighten the wheel? If the bend is a bit of a wobble, and not a sharp kink, then you can usually true-up the wheel by adjusting the spokes. If this happened kind of suddenly, then you probably have a broken spoke. Pull on every spoke one at a time to see if that is the case. If none are broken, then you only need a spoke key. There are several styles, all pretty cheap, but they aren't all the same size. Look on YouTube for a how video on trueing bike wheels. If you do have a broken spoke, and it is on the left side, then it's not too hard to replace. Just get the right size spoke and spoke key and you can do it without even removing the wheel. If you have a broken spoke on the right side you will almost certainly have to remove the wheel from the bike. There are several types with corresponding different tools and can be a bit tricky. Look for info on Parktool.com
I ride a Trek 6.9 and have had spokes break for no apparent reason. Most of the time the spoke will break from over tightening on initial installation or just plain fatigue. Replacing the spoke is fairly straight forward. Remove the wheel from the bike and remove the tire. Remove the protective tape on the inside of the wheel to gain access to the spoke nut. After replacing the spoke you must make sure the wheel is true. If you do not have a set up for this, reassemble the wheel with the new spoke and take the assembly to your nearest bike store. They should have the equipment to true up your wheel assembly
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.
This is a job for a wheel alignment specialist. I wouldn't recommend you doing it since it takes practice aligning the spokes properly. A bicycle shop has this aligning tool (usually a stand), they'll place the bike's wheel in between and spin it to find where the dents are. They'll manually twist and adjust the spokes to pull or push the rim in or out to make corrections for the dent. This can take time but for an experienced person, it should take less than 20 minutes depending on the severity of the dents.
You'll need to bring the wheels to a bike shop or a bicycle shop for spoke alignment. They'll do it faster there, saves you time.
It is not that hard to replace a few broken shokes. All you have to do is take the rim off the bike and take the tire off of the rim. Install the new spokes and tighted them to the specs and put everything back on the bike and take it for a ride. After riding, I would check the spokes and retight to make sure there ready for your next ride.