Boxes of Spokes

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Boxes of Spokes

Postby quiksilver » 5 Nov 2011, 8:31am

Is there a usual quantity in a box of spokes? Want to get a 20" fixed gear rear wheel built, but my LBS have told me that because the spoke length is not a normal in stock item I would need to purchase a whole box of them.

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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby Goosey » 5 Nov 2011, 8:47am

My supplier sells them in boxes of 100. Then again DT spokes come individually too.

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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby Mick F » 5 Nov 2011, 9:31am

Mick F. Cornwall

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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby meic » 5 Nov 2011, 10:05am

ACI come in boxes of 144.

For 20" wheels, these Halo spokes are the only decent priced spokes I have found.

http://www.billys.co.uk/english/group.p ... skha-bmxss
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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby PW » 5 Nov 2011, 11:34am

Find another supplier and tell them why. My LBS tried that one years ago, they don't do it now because they know I'll spend my money elsewhere for a long time if they do it again. (Just bought 36 Sapim Race 300mm for a 4X fixed wheel, they're on the shelf by my elbow). :twisted:
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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby quiksilver » 5 Nov 2011, 1:00pm

Thanks for your answers, was being a bit lazy really there. A quick search on Ebay brought up prices for boxes of spokes. Not sure what size I need as I have no experience of bespoke wheelbuilding. Was thinking of having a go at building myself after reading Sheldons site, but there is quite a bit of capital outlay to build wheels. I may try somewhere bigger than my LBS, such as SJS etc.

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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby nirakaro » 5 Nov 2011, 1:12pm

Hold on, where's the capital outlay, beyond the components and a decent spoke key? Yes it's nice to have a stand to build it in, but an inverted bicycle works fine for a first attempt. Give it a go, it's relatively easy, relatively quick, and very satisfying.

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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby Mick F » 5 Nov 2011, 2:04pm

Agree on that!
Use a bike to true and dish the wheels, and buy a decent spoke key.

Tips for lacing:
1. Build up the new wheel whist looking at another wheel. You can practise, and if you make a mistake, you can see where and how to correct it by seeing where you went wrong.

2. Make sure you have the valve hole in the right place. It's a great shame after making up a perfectly true complete wheel - work of art - and then the valve hole is wrong!
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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby quiksilver » 6 Nov 2011, 12:27pm

How do you determine what spoke length you need though?

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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby dougie » 6 Nov 2011, 2:46pm

quiksilver wrote:How do you determine what spoke length you need though?

When I was shown how to build a wheel (in the 1980s) there was a spoke calculator which covered all the common rim/hub combinations. It was a sort of card slide rule. I wonder if these exist nowadays?

I found building a wheel tricky at first but did get the hang of it. It's quite a satisfying thing to do when it goes well. In fact the back wheel on my Dawes Galaxy is one I build 20+ years ago and still going strong.

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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby nirakaro » 6 Nov 2011, 5:16pm

http://www.wheelpro.co.uk/spokecalc/ tells you what length spokes to use.

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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby Phil_Lee » 6 Nov 2011, 9:49pm

The WheelPro version of Spokecalc has a very small database of hubs and rims, and no way of extending it.
The version of Spocalc at Sheldon Brown's site is much more comprehensive.

A very worthwhile project would be to extend the database of hubs & rims in that further, although it already has over 350 hubs and 500 rims.

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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby Ayesha » 7 Nov 2011, 7:16am

meic wrote:ACI come in boxes of 144.

For 20" wheels, these Halo spokes are the only decent priced spokes I have found.

http://www.billys.co.uk/english/group.p ... skha-bmxss


That's gross !! :D

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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby quiksilver » 7 Nov 2011, 7:38am

Thanks for all the advice and links, think I will give it a go and try building one of my own.

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Re: Boxes of Spokes

Postby Mick F » 7 Nov 2011, 7:40am

Do not believe the data bases!
They may be ok for hubs, but rims vary. Believe me, they do!
I had a pair of rims once and they were different ERDs.
I bought a new pair recently, and they were different again even though they were the same make and model.

Buy your rims and hubs, and measure them yourself, only then buy the spokes.
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