perfectwheels wrote:Of course, the list of exceptions is long. When something doesn't hold I reach for the loctite. In my shop I keep strong, mild and wicking loctite on hand and use them often. Fender and rack bolts, which are subject to shear loads and constant vibration always get loctite. Spoke threads also need some sort of locking compound to hold up to the constant tension variations with the wheel revolution...I use linseed oil here.
We use to use the Wheelsmith spoke compound on the spoke threads in the shop. Works as a lube to adjust then locks the thread while still allowing future adjustment.. supposedly. At home I never did, and even on our Landshark road Tandem wheels, my road wheels, and Velodrome aero wheels, I put them all together dry and never had a spoke loosen.
My favorite book: Jobst Brandt's "The Bicycle Wheel Book."