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Old 06-22-08, 12:47 PM   #1
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Where buy Chrome Spokes?

For a special wheel.


(4 any noobs reading, Chrome <> silver)
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Old 06-22-08, 12:52 PM   #2
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Is this for one of those cruiser lowrider showbikes? I can't remember what they call that style at the moment. If so then perhaps try a google for "spokes buy" along with the name of that style of bicycle?

It may be a little more clear to us if you used a phrase like "chrome and not just silver" or something like that. At least I'm assuming that "<>" means "does not equal"
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Oh sorry, Chrome as in when Paul Teutul Jr says "send it out to the chromer!" not show bike, street-legal 700c road bike. I just didn't want anybody thinking I'm asking for common silver (vs black blah-blah).
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Try Lovely Lowrider: http://www.lovelylowrider.com/. They've got all sorts of chrome and gold-plated spokes for show bikes.
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For a regular use road bike I'd suggest you just get some regular stainless steel spokes. A lot less trouble overall. And your "common silver" actually are just raw finished stainless steel. There may still be some of the cheap galvanized spokes out there but you'd have a hard time finding them in North American bike shops.

The hot setup for such a bike would be some nice butted spokes. 15-16 gauge on the front and 14-15 or 14-16 on the rear. The idea is that the ends are the lower (thicker) number and the middle for most of the spoke is swaged down to the smaller number. This saves you a couple or three grams on the build and many wheel experts say it produces a better wheel that stays in true longer. Although that may be because they use a better grade of steel and manufacturing techniques on these more expensive spokes. Hard to say.

I've built some wheels this way and I have to admit that they have lasted very well overall. The shop I got my spokes from recomended the 14-15 on the rear for durability. As it turned out the front 15-16's were rounded and the rear 14-15's where ovalized in the swaged down areas. I like to think the oval sections give me that little extra aerodynamic edge but it's really just wishful thinking....

When you tension the butted spokes watch it. If like many of us you tension to reach a musical note you'll find that the lighter mass brings the tone of the spoke up higher and faster. You need to tension to a higher note than you do for straight or single guage spokes. It's very noticable. If you can sneak around some of the shops with the uber fancy high end bikes that come with butten spokes. You can see where the butting starts or feel it with your fingers if you run them along a spoke. When no one is looking tap on the spokes with a small screwdriver plastic handle and see what I mean....

Or more likely if you ask the wheel builder they'll be happy to show you. I've always found shop mechanics quick to help out riders that want to learn. If they aren't like that I don't go back to the shop ever again. If they do help out they get my business and I buy my spokes from these helpful types.

Good luck with the wheel building.
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For a regular use road bike I'd suggest you just get some regular stainless steel spokes. A lot less trouble overall. And your "common silver" actually are just raw finished stainless steel. There may still be some of the cheap galvanized spokes out there but you'd have a hard time finding them in North American bike shops.
Not only that, stainless steel has a significant amount of chrome in it.
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Chromium-oxide is what gives stainless-steel it's shiny non-tarnishing surface. Chrome-plating doesn't work too well on spokes for several reasons. The acid used in the etching/plating process can cause hydrogen-embrittlement and result in short-lived snapping spokes. Also the non-flexible layer on top of the more-elastic spoke underneath will result in the coating flaking off due to the on-off flexing of every wheel-revolution.

If you want shiny spokes that sparkle, try getting some elliptical/oval aero spokes and polish them to a high-shine with Mother's Metal Polish.
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