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Join Date: Oct 2003
Bikes: Vitus Aluminum, DiamondBack Apex, Softride Powerwing 700, "Generic" Ishiwata 022, Trek OCLV 110
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I also use spocalc.
A buck a spoke is not bad if they are double-butted. My LBS charges $1.50/spoke for double-butted when bought in small quantiies and $18/16 spokes. I actually bought some yesterday and rebuilt a 20+ year-old wheel.
Also, make sure you measure before building. I was on vacation with my bike a couple weeks ago and broke a spoke. I got a new spoke in the small town I was staying in. I told the mech I needed 298mm and he sold me a spoke. I put it in myself at the motel but had trouble getting a high spot out of the wheel at the new spoke. On the next day's ride, the nipple at the same-side adjacent spoke failed. After getting home and disassembling the wheel, I found that the new spoke was actually 301mm. Stupid mech!
I've also mail-ordered spokes not carried by my LBS (my LBS didn't have Revolutions in the lengths I needed) and have been sent an incorrect mix of lengths (I needed 14 300mm and 14 302mm and they initially sent 13 300mm and 15 302mm) so check before building.
Last edited by Gonzo Bob; 06-25-07 at 12:51 PM.