[CR]vintage spokes? or how anal should we be?

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Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 12:27:20 -0400
From: George Allen <jgallen@lexairinc.com>
To: CR Mailing List <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]vintage spokes? or how anal should we be?

I'm ready to build up some wheels with NOS Campy Record hubs and an assortment of nice NOS rims. One wheelset in particular is for a nearly NOS 1973 Schwinn Paramount that's all original except, of course, for the wheels. I have procured high flange Record hubs with '73 lock nuts and the "Schwinn Approved" Super Champion rims. So do I use vintage spokes in building up the wheels? And, if so, what spokes would be appropriate for a 1973 Paramount? And exactly where does one find such spokes? If the bike were not so original I probably wouldn't care and would just use modern double butted, stainless spokes like I've used on all my other wheel builds with vintage rims and hubs.

What are other listmember's opinions on the use of vintage spokes? How anal should we get in the period correct department? Wouldn't modern spokes make for a stronger wheel? Thus, wallhanger = old spokes, regular rider = new spokes?

George Allen Lexington, Ky USA

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