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steve-in-kville 02-26-14 04:06 PM

Replacing Spokes
 
I need to replace a few spokes on two different wheels. So I go online thinking I can get spokes by the piece. Nope.... spokes are sold by the pack of 20. Is there anyone that sells spokes in lesser quantities?

davidad 02-26-14 04:12 PM

http://www.cambriabike.com/default.asp I usually buy enough for a wheel with two spares, so I'm not sure you can buy a few.

steve-in-kville 02-26-14 04:17 PM

I may as well just have a bike shop do the repair. But whats the fun in that??

Dan Burkhart 02-26-14 04:17 PM

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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville (Post 16530167)
I need to replace a few spokes on two different wheels. So I go online thinking I can get spokes by the piece. Nope.... spokes are sold by the pack of 20. Is there anyone that sells spokes in lesser quantities?

I'll sell any quantity, cut to length and threaded, but postage from Canada can be a killer for even small packages.

Bill Kapaun 02-26-14 04:25 PM

S&H from anywhere may make it economically unfeasible.

http://www.thorusa.com/accessories/product10.htm
http://www.wheelbuilder.com/sapim-st...ted-spoke.html
http://www.coloradocyclist.com/product/display/21040/

steve-in-kville 02-26-14 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun (Post 16530224)


So either I buy in bulk of have my LBS do the work??

Black wallnut 02-26-14 04:32 PM

Not sure what shipping will cost you...http://www.prowheelbuilder.com/products/spokes.html

rpenmanparker 02-26-14 04:42 PM

A few spokes will have increased cost due to shipping but nothing outrageous. There are many sources as already listed.

bhchdh 02-26-14 04:45 PM

Buy the spokes from your LBS and do the work yourself.

JTGraphics 02-26-14 04:50 PM

What kind of spokes are you looking for straight gage or double butted?
If straight gage I have access to a spoke machine and can cut an roll threads any length you need.

Al1943 02-26-14 04:55 PM

My LBS stocks lots of spokes in many lengths and styles. They will sell me any number I ask for if in stock. If I ask for spokes that they don't have but are commonly sold they will order a box or more and sell me whatever I need.

FBinNY 02-26-14 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville (Post 16530167)
I need to replace a few spokes on two different wheels. So I go online thinking I can get spokes by the piece. Nope.... spokes are sold by the pack of 20. Is there anyone that sells spokes in lesser quantities?

I'll cut and thread a few spokes for you, at $1.00ea for Wheelsmith DB, and 0.75ea doe plain gauge. Postage from NYC is about $2.50 or so. If that makes sense for you needs, email me using the link at the Chain-L site below.

Bill Kapaun 02-26-14 05:08 PM

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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville (Post 16530234)
So either I buy in bulk of have my LBS do the work??

I don't know about your LBS, but mine sells individual straight gauge spokes @$1 ea. They cut them to fit if needed.
They don't carry butted.

IF you are replacing "a few" spokes, are the others getting ready to fail?
IF they are failing in the J bend due to fatigue, the others are not far behind.
IF that's the case, replacing a couple individual spokes will just delay the inevitable. You may just as well replace them all.

hueyhoolihan 02-26-14 05:10 PM

i busted a few spokes on my DIY wheel build through the boneheaded mistake of failing to tighten the rear spokes before a test ride :eek::50::twitchy::bang:.

on a whim i stopped into a well-run LBS owned by an avid and, i think, excellent bicyclist. when i told him what i needed, he motioned to the mechanic to go upstairs and get what i wanted. turns out he had loads of spokes in stock courtesy of the previous owner. doesn't hurt to ask, ya never know...

the spokes were for an obsolete oldschool 27" rim (630mm) and needed to be 298mm long. there must have been a couple hundred SS spokes in that length in the box that was brought down from "upstairs". it felt like a shame to buy only four or five. the price was only a dollar or two per spoke. what luck.

Drew Eckhardt 02-26-14 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville (Post 16530167)
I need to replace a few spokes on two different wheels. So I go online thinking I can get spokes by the piece. Nope.... spokes are sold by the pack of 20. Is there anyone that sells spokes in lesser quantities?

http://www.bikehubstore.com, Sapim spokes shipped via USPS first class mail.

http://www.wheelbuilder.com

the "shopping" tab for Google search sorted in price order will also give you what you want (ex: DT Champion spoke)

https://www.google.com/#q=DT+competi...s=vw:l,p_ord:p

Wilfred Laurier 02-26-14 09:00 PM

i am wondering
if your lbs only
sells spokes by the score

shops i have dealt with
in person not mail order
sell spokes by the each

smallpox champ 02-26-14 09:37 PM

http://www.danscomp.com/products-PAR...ted_Spoke.html

Sapim Race DB spokes for $0.40, cut to any length, with nipples.

HillRider 02-27-14 11:47 AM

A couple of the shops I know of that don't do a lot of custom wheel building or rebuilding, stock only the longest spoke length in plain gauge and have a Phil Wood or Hozan threading machine. They custom cut and thread spokes to order and will be happy to make a couple of what you need.

hueyhoolihan 02-27-14 12:27 PM

with all the fantastic offers popping up on this thread, it's like a reverse Ebay auction, where multiple sellers keep lowering their price on the same item until the only buyer takes the offer.

BTW, i'm looking for rare gold coins. anybody???? :)

Wilfred Laurier 02-27-14 02:34 PM

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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan (Post 16532461)
with all the fantastic offers popping up on this thread, it's like a reverse Ebay auction, where multiple sellers keep lowering their price on the same item until the only buyer takes the offer.

BTW, i'm looking for rare gold coins. anybody???? :)

i buried a bunch of gold coins in a field in california
pm me and i will send you the directions
they must be still there

FBinNY 02-27-14 02:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier (Post 16532882)
i buried a bunch of gold coins in a field in california
pm me and i will send you the directions
they must be still there

I buried a bigger stash in upstate New York, including a few rare double Eagles

nymtber 02-27-14 06:25 PM

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Originally Posted by FBinNY (Post 16532898)
I buried a bigger stash in upstate New York, including a few rare double Eagles

Sorry, I found them and dug them up today. It was sure worth digging through all the snow in 10 degree weather! :p

FBinNY 02-27-14 06:27 PM

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Originally Posted by nymtber (Post 16533519)
sorry, i found them and dug them up today. It was sure worth digging through all the snow in 10 degree weather! :p

Damm!

zandoval 02-27-14 06:52 PM

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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville (Post 16530200)
I may as well just have a bike shop do the repair. But whats the fun in that??

Come on man - Don't break weak - Don't miss the fun...

I got so proficient at replacing spokes I can now build a wheel that really works - Do consider what was the cause of the spoke failures - I had a wheel that popped spokes like corn and eventually just rebuilt it using stainless spokes - If you are a heavy guy and popping spokes please consider this...

nymtber 02-27-14 07:05 PM

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Originally Posted by FBinNY (Post 16533529)
Damm!

Haha. I wouldn't even be posting online anymore if I found millions of gold coins..



Back to the topic on hand, most bike shops around me carry spokes. I think you can deal with 1mm shorter or longer if they are not already poking out the top of the nipples. Good idea to get a new nipple as well, they are too cheap to NOT replace. Thats just my opinion, though :)


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