Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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1) The easiest way to install a new spoke is first to buy one with the same diameter, length, and threading as the one you are replacing. Remove the cogset or freewheel if working on the drive side of the rear wheel. Thread the new spoke through the hole in the hub, consistent with the alternating in-out pattern established by the remaining spokes. Cross the shaft of the spoke over a nearby spoke, again consistently with the prevailing pattern, then push the threaded end of the spoke onto the old nipple. Hand-tighten the nipple to bring the spoke to light tension, then get out the spoke wrench and tighten the spoke until the rim runs true.
2) Any bike that can handle dirt can handle the street just fine, although you may want to substitute smoother, higher-pressure tyres for a smoother, faster, more efficient ride.
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Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069