I did a search and didn't turn up all of the answers i need. Out of necessity, i am needing to learn how to fix my own wheels. I am breaking spokes and my spokes are loosening on most of my bikes. I uncerstand that wheel quality and spoke tension have a lot to do with my issue but for right now i need to learn.
I took one of my wheels in today to the LBS to get a new spoke/nipple. When i got home tonight i tried to replace it (my first time doing this) and i discovered they sent my home with a spoke that is too short.
So i have broken out the ruler and am measuring this spoke. It is about 260mm from shoulder to the end. And i need it to be about 3-4 mm longer to engage the nipple threads. Anyway between all of the recent trips to the LBS, bikes that i can't ride etc. I need to get geared up at home here to be able to do my own work.
I do most of my other repairs but have just never gotten into wheels. Where can i go to order spokes and nipples? I would like to try and find replacements for my current wheels so i can at least repair the wheels and ride on.
I'm not interested in wheelbuilding at this point, i just would like to have a bunch of misc. spokes and nipples around.
1. Where is the best place to order?
2. Do i need a spoke size guage or will a ruler do? If i do need one where to buy?
3. How do you determine guage?