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I bought a Huffy sea star 20 inch bicycle last year, the rear wheel keeps puncturing the inner tube, a spoke has come loose and the wheel wobbles. can't find a replacement wheel. Help!!!!!

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Don't replace the wheel, get it fixed. The spoke can be tightened and the rim tensioned and trued. The rim strip probably needs to be looked at for exposing the spoke ends to the tube.

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How do you replace the spokes on the rear wheel of a huffy 18 speed bicycle


you will need several specialized bike tools that will make this cost prohibitive for the DIYer unless you plan on doing more wheels. Most local bike shops can sell you a replacement wheel for between $35 and $50 and remove and reinstall the freewheel, rimstrip, tire and tube and reinflate it for about $8-10. Also the quality of this replacement wheel will be a much higher than the original Huffy wheel.



If you still want to do it yourself, you will need a freewheel removal tool for your specific brand of freewheel or cassette (there are about a dozen different types of tools out there, so make sure you get the right one). You will need a spoke wrench of the right size for the spoke nipples you are using, there are three common sizes and a couple more odd size ones out there. You are looking at about $20-$30 for those tools. You should use a truing stand to true the wheel after the spokes are replaced ($150-$400) but you can "get by" with using the brakes in your bike as a reference. Spokes will run you $1-$2 each. If you don't have a special metric spoke ruler ($10-$15), most LBS's will measure them for free (all bike parts are measured in metric). The details of lacing a wheel and getting the tension right is beyond the scope of this short answer and I recommend that you either try to find a book on the art of wheel building at your local library or buy one off of Amazon ($25-$45), there are several good ones out there and video tutorials also. If you plan on doing more than one wheel then I highly recommend it and take the time to learn the art, there are few of us left out there that can actually build a wheel these days.

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Not enough info here. Is it the rim or the hub that is wobbly? If the rim is out of true (and not actually bent) the spokes can be tightened to bring it back into true. If the hub is loose then the bearings need to be adjusted. Either adjustment can be done by your local bike shop for $10-20. A broken spoke can also make the wheel go out of true, this will cost a little more to fix.

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The back tire rubs against the frame only when I pedal. The tire wobbles a little bit while coasting, but appears to pull over to the frame while pedaling. Huffy Stonemountain 2 - 18 speed bicycle.


Either the wheel is mounted wrong, moving at the axle or the wheel is not straight true and strong (spoke tension issues). Look at it. Try to wiggle the wheel with your hand.

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Depends. Is the whole wheel rigid and wobbling on the axle (bearings) or are the spokes so loose the rim is moving independently of the hub (needs truing and tensioning)?

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We have the 20 inch Huffy seastar and the tires wont hold air, Do I need a new tube? and if so where can I buy them


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Sounds like you may need new tubes. Tubes may be purchased from bike shops, most hardware stores, and some big box retail stores like Kmart and Target, to name a few.

If the leaks in the tubes are reasonably small, there are several products that can be squeezed into the tubes to seal punctures - both existing ones and ones that occur after the product is added. They are put into the tube through the valve stem, similar to adding air). Two that I know of are Fix-a-Flat and Slime. Both can be purchased at most hardware and automotive stores.

Changing a tube is not terribly difficult but can appear daunting if you've never done it before and don't have some of the tools required.

Hereare step-by-step instructions for most styles bicycle:
  1. Loosen thenuts that hold the axle to the frame.If they are extremely tight, spray some lubricant on the nuts - a siliconelubricant or even vegetable oil will do the trick.
  2. Take thewheel out of the frame. If it's therear wheel, you will need to lift the chain clear of the gear cluster. To easethe removal of a rear wheel, shift the chain to the smallest gear on the wheelbefore loosening the skewer or nuts. If it's the front wheel, that one will bea little easier. You may also need to release the brakes if they interfere withwheel removal.
  3. Deflate thetube completely by pressing down on the inner part of the valve.
  4. Take acouple of tire levers (you can purchase these at your local bike/outdoor store). You can use the handle of a spoon or similarobject if you don't have tire levers but be very careful, as you riskscratching or damaging the rims of the wheel and/or puncturing the inner tube.Ease one lever in under the wheel rim and lever out the edge of the tire(taking great care not to puncture the inner tube) and pry it up over the wheelrim. Move around the rim about an eighth of the circumference and repeat theprocess again, leaving the first tool in place. Now zip the second lever aroundthe wheel and the tire should come right off on one side.
  5. Remove thewheel and tube completely.
  6. Replace theinner tube
  7. Check thetire wall for an arrow or similar to indicate the direction of rotation - sometires have a "direction specific" tread pattern.
  8. Put one sidein first, then ease the partially inflated tube into the tire and locate thevalve in the hole in the rim.
  9. Starting atthe tire edge closest to the valve, use your thumbs to work the other side oftire over the rim and into well.
  10. Beforeinflating, use your thumbs again to ease the tire from the rim all around the circumference,peeking in to make sure that the tire is not pinching any part of the tubeagainst the rim. When youinflate the tube, if it is pinching, it will pop, and you will have to repeatthe entire process, and buy a new tube.
  11. Inflate thetube,checking to make sure the tireis on evenly and there is no "pinching".
  12. You're now ready to put the wheel back on the bike.
Hope this helps.

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More than likely the wheel is out of true. There are 2 choices,

1 Buy a spoke wrench and attemp to true the wheel. You can do this by spinning the wheel to locate the spot where the wheel goes furthest to one side then tighten the spoke coming from the opposite side. Do this slowly 1/2 turn at a time. Do not over tighten the spoke. It may be necessary to loosen the other side slightly.

Alternate spokes between both sides of wobble.

2 Take bike to a good local bike shop to be tuned and have the wheels trued. Most shops offer a tune up at low cost. A well tuned bike will last a long time.

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