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Old 09-23-11, 10:08 PM   #1
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Spoke changing for cosmetics only.

does anyone have any pictures or has anyone changed spokes just for cosmetics.

heres my idea, i'd like to pick up a reynolds front wheel and have the spokes changed to red but not every one, i'd like to do just 3 or 4 then skip 3 or 4 and leave them black so it would kinda look like an aiplane propeller while in motion. This would be on a tri bike also, but i like to think outside of the box and was wondering if anyone has ever done it.

i'm guessing truing the wheel would be the biggest issue and making sure i get the same diameter spokes as the original spokes. any other issues that may come up?
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I can't see why not. I would get several spokes of the correct length, loosen all of them, replace what I wanted, then re-tension the wheel.

I saw a couple bikes with red and white spokes last week, with groupings of 4 white then 12 red so there were opposing white "blades". Looked pretty neat, but not really my thing.

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I can't see why not. I would get several spokes of the correct length, loosen all of them, replace what I wanted, then re-tension the wheel.

I saw a couple bikes with red and white spokes last week, with groupings of 4 white then 12 red so there were opposing white "blades". Looked pretty neat, but not really my thing.

thats awesome!!! I saw where wheelbuilder had some but they list for 7 dollars a piece so i need to get to my LBS and see what kind of pricing they'll give me.
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Old wheel, why not, new wheel, why!

You will void your warranty, and may have issues finding the correct size spoke, and may need a specific nipple, cost also comes into it, as it can get expesnsive.
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Wow, way to make a hand-laced wheel look like a machine-laced one.

Why the hell wouldn't they do all the leading/trailing spokes the same colour?
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As a spoke wholesaler who stocked $30,000 worth of spokes consisting of 432 different lengths, styles and gauges, the last thing I ever want to see is a colored spoke.

I can see it now.

You need a 292mm spoke?
No problem, 14 or 15g?
straight gauge, or butted, or DH single butted?
Butted? OK, regular, or extra lite?
regular elbow, or straight pull?

Got it, 292mm SS 14/16DB, regular elbow.

Black or regular SS?

What? you want red? A-a-a-a-gh!!!

What? you want red
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The airplane prop thing won't work. You only see that blade effect in movies, TV or if you put your bike in a room on a trainer and where there's flourescent lighting. And even then the new solid state ballasts with their high frequency switching won't show it. Steady sunlight just means you won't see your colored spokes once you're moving at more than a snail's pace.

FB', you'd better get used to it and stock up now. The colored spoke fashion age is coming to us as certainly as disco, punk rock and rap.... and hopefully will die out as fast as disco, punk and hopefully rap....
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FB', you'd better get used to it and stock up now. The colored spoke fashion age is coming to us as certainly as disco, punk rock and rap.... and hopefully will die out as fast as disco, punk and hopefully rap....
Doesn't matter to me, I'm out of that end of the business, but folks who don't sell the stuff have no idea of how much waste multiple permutations of a single item can create. It's fine for OEM because the volume in a single SKU is there, and the goods are basically produced to order, but it's murder on the supply chain.
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Its entirely doable. Not sure you'd achieve that propeller effect though...I've seen wheels with a different colored spoke or two and don't remember seeing anything but a blur when its moving. Anyways, still has potential to be cool. The challenges will be finding the proper spokes in different colors, and then re-lacing/retensioning the wheel.

If you've got the money and time, go for it.

American Classic does somewhat you're describing...http://www.amclassic.com/en/products...0aero-pink.php
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