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Old 05-20-03, 02:28 PM   #1
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Make your own spokes in a emergency..?

Just cut down a road bike spoke to fit any bicycle kids or adult...cut the opposite end from the threads off and bend it downwards at right angles...o.k your making two bends one 90 degrees and the other bend 90 degrees downward...just hook it in were it is suppose to be it will never come out.
The only trick here is measuring correctly
It does take practise...but you can get good at it...I've done this occassionally
for a quick fix.
I tested these spoke out under high tension for 6 months they held up very good?...Eh there isn't nothing that us bicycle mechanics can't do?
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Old 05-20-03, 10:24 PM   #2
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Wow can I get a diagram or a photo or something... I am not that mechanically inclined am having a hard time picturing this in my mind.
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Old 05-21-03, 09:11 AM   #3
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I haven't got a scanner so I can't send you a pic sorry maybe someday I'll get one
Basically all it is ...is a right angle downward hook...two right angles one across at 90 degrees and the next bend downward at 90 degrees would give you a downward hook.It isn't a big thing you know?What happens is the spoke jams and can't make the bend once you tighten wha-la instant spoke.The only thing is you must measure properly or otherwise you could make it to long and cause your tube to leak
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The head end of the spoke looks like this . . .

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The horizontal section above is what is thru the hole in the hub. The spoke is bent down instead of having a head. (The threads and nipple are at the top in this diagram.)

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Old 05-21-03, 09:35 AM   #5
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Opps, that didn't work. The bottom after the horizontal bend is supposed to be bent downward again. Sorta like an "h" without one leg.

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Old 05-21-03, 11:52 AM   #6
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Yes you got it..only thing is you don't need much space on the horizontal bend and you do not need a lot of downward length either it will jam in there very easily...you'll see..like I said the trick is in measuring correct length
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