HI all, I searched old threads for this basic info and read Sheldon Brown, but couldn't find all the answers, so I am asking here. I have a Raleigh Century beater with a broken rear spoke on the freewheel side. The head snapped off at the elbow and so I could remove it but I can't replace it, so I am going to use this as a chance to do my first wheel re-build. The broken spoke was a stndard 10" spoke and I'm gong to replace all of them. The freewheel is labeled Shimano Z012, and as far as I can tell it is a 6 speed freewheel with 12 internal splines. Somehow I broke the plastic spoke protecter at the same time as the spoke...I think the hook on my bungee cord got caught in their a few days earlier so the damage probably happened then. I've read Sheldon Brown but I still have a few questions. I'll ask the LBS when I go in to get some equipment I need, but I'd love to have some pre-advice from you all.
1) can I assume the standard 12 spline Shimano compatible Park freewheel tool will work?
2) I understand I don't need a chain whip, right? Unless I plan to open the freewheel bearings or remove individual cogs, which I won't.
3) I know the freewheel tool is placed inside the outer axle nut when you use it, but will it fit right over the cone and locknut, or will I have to remove them? I intend to repack the hub bearings but I'd rather not move the cone on the freewheel side of the axle as that is the reference one that keeps the axle centred.
4) I'm geeky enough to replace the spoke protector, since I might have a derailleur maladjustment some day. Are they standard or will I need a particular one to fit my hub? I'll be doing a standard 36 spoke (or 18, actually) cross three design on the freewheel side. The old one, which I ripped out with difficulty, seemed to have nobs that snapped into the crosses in the spokes
5) Should I replace all the nipples?
6) any opinions on radial spoking on the non-freewheel side? I understand the concept of spoke sizing.