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    Raleigh Spoke Advice

    So I had flat yesterday on the way home and noticed that I also had a broken spoke. I ride a '75 Raleigh Sprite, which is all original to my knowledge (excepting the tires, tube, and brake pads). Does anyone have any advice on sizing and installing a new spoke?

    I think the wheels are 27". In the past, I've usually only replaced the spoke, not the nipple. However, given the age of this nipple, I figure it warrants replacement too. Did Raleigh use standard sized spokes back then? Or will I now have an odd duck spoke that is incompatible with the rest?

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    Since its just a single spoke, probably best to take the wheel down to the Bike Shop and have them sell you the correct length spoke. Its easy, you just want one thats the same length as the others on the same flange as your broken one. I'd agree and replace the nipple too, but its not necessary.

    You'll want a standard straight gauge spoke, probably 14g....doubtful it would cost ya more than a buck at the store.
    --Don't Panic.

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