Hey, first post in like.... 5 years :S I've been getting back into riding and I get my bike out to find that my rims are warped and some spokes are way too tight while others aren't even barely tight. I googled "how to tighten spokes" and did some reading and figured it was simple and I could handle it, being a mechanic. 4 hours later, my rims are even further from being round, I'm gettin irritated, and very frustrated by my lack of ability to accomplish such a simple task. I have Mavic rims I think, 26 inch. It's a specialized 2004 enduro I believe. Any tips? The main thing I'm wondering is ..... are the spoke reverse thread? because that would explain all my time disappearing and getting them in worse shape than they were before I started. And also, can you tighten spokes with the tires and tubes still on? At one point I was thinking I had to take the tube/tire off and hold something on the edge of the rim while I turned the spoke with pliers. Atleast I didn't strip anything, but this is rly bugging me. Thanks for any replies!