I ordered some new wheels from Spin Lite in Georgia. We went through the various options and I ordered brass nipples on aluminum rims. Later on, I remembered that brass eats aluminum by means of electrolysis. It's a real problem for the sailboat crowd, and I ride to the edge of San Francisco bay, so there is some exposure to salt air. Has anyone had experience with this on bike wheels? Did I make a mistake? Your thoughts please. bk
Brass is OK with aluminum, and brass nipples work fine. I have wheels that are over 20 years old that are still servicable.
There's not much brass on modern sailboats. The worst corrosion problem occus between stainless steel and aluminum.