RE: [CR]Fwd: Reusing spokes

Example: Racing:Wayne Stetina

From: robert st.cyr <>
To: Classic Rendezvous <>
Subject: RE: [CR]Fwd: Reusing spokes
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 16:28:24 -0800
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> Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 10:25:44 -0800> From:> To:> Subject: [CR]Fwd: Reusing spokes> > > Why i s this practice frowned upon? > > At least in a shop setting, this practice
   is frowned upon because it takes more time. It's hard enough to get people
   to pay a fair price for wheel builds, and I suspect that the whole "never reuse spokes" thing was started by shops that had no interest in trying to pry another ten bucks out of a customer for the time required to unthread a ll the spokes. Even if this time is paid for, once it is done there are sti ll so many problems. If the spokes are old an fatigued and one breaks in th e first 1,000 miles it will be "the shop's fault." If the spokes are the wr ong length for the new rim you need to call the customer with disappointing
   news. Or, maybe they were the wrong length to begin with, but the kid doin g the service writing is clueless about the whole matter. > > As for doing this at home, it's no big problem. Spokes do fatigue with use, so I wouldn' t bother reusing spokes from a well-used wheel, but if it's a new wheel and
   the rim went to an early grave, go ahead and resuse the spokes. In fact, p roper disassembly of a wheel requires letting out the tension evenly, maybe
   a half turn at a time, all the way around. Only at that point should you c ut away the old spokes, and by then it's not much harder to completely unsc rew the nipples (particularly if you use an electric drill). Unfortunatley,
   many (most?) shop mechanics take the quick route by cutting down fully ten sioned wheels. This really puts a lot of stress on the hub flange, and the rim too. If either part is to be reused, and presumably one is or you'd jus t toss the whole wheel, you should not cut the fully-tesnioned spokes. > > Tom Dalton> Bethlehem, PA USA> > ---------------------------------> Never m iss a thing. Make Yahoo your homepage. > > > ------------------------------ ---> Get easy, one-click access to your favorites. Make Yahoo! your homepag e.> > --- StripMime Report -- processed MIME parts ---> multipart/alternati ve> text/plain (text body -- kept)> text/html> ---> _______________________