[CR]15/17 stainless steel spokes needed !!

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Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 14:42:04 -0500
From: "HM & SS Sachs" <sachs@erols.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org, hetchinspete1@yahoo.com, ternst <ternst1@cox.net>
Subject: [CR]15/17 stainless steel spokes needed !!

Peter Naiman wrote:

"Anybody on the list have a source for 15/17 stainless steel double butted spokes." ######

I hope Ted Ernst (or others) will prove me wrong, but I don't believe that such were ever in wide circulation. In the early 60s, when I began lusting after the Neat Stuff, true stainless spokes were made, but I don't believe in 15/17 (0.072/0.056"). I only knew of the Robergels at the time, and they had a poor reputation, because of breakage. Later, in the early 70s, we saw Stella, I think in stainless. Again, I doubt that they were stainless.

I'm reminded of this because a couple of years ago I did a trade involving some track wheels with another list member. I hadn't noticed that there was some rust on the (formerly chromed) spokes, I guess because it was such a universal "feature" of wheels of that age with original spokes. The best 15/17 I know were galvanized. In bulk, they have a most peculiar speckled appearance. I may have to lace some up 3 cross for my '38 Paramount, unless I find someone who has a stash of 306 - 308mm spokes.

harvey sachs
mcLean va.