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Old 09-23-09, 09:38 PM   #1
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Moulton HELP!!! broken spoke~

Hey guys i cant figure out how to calculate spoke sizes for 17" wheels!! its starting to get my nerves!!!
any moulton fans that can help???!!!

i need to buy spokes for a 4 speed hub 17" wheel on my moulton f-frame....plz HELP!

im a bit pissed cause i went to my local bike shop and told the mechanic i was worried about the tension on my wheel..he was like "uhmmm i have to much work, maybe friday ill look at it, but don't worry nothing will happen to the spokes" and now this...GRRR
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Old 09-24-09, 03:33 AM   #2
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Why not post the question on the Moulton site, you stand a better chance of getting the right reply there, they are the experts.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/moultonbicycle/

oh, & I would guess your wheels are 16" not 17''
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Old 09-24-09, 04:55 AM   #3
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why post here...i know theres many here with moultons....i don't have a yahoo email. and i commute in 10 minutes to work with a broken spoke...
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Old 09-24-09, 05:38 AM   #4
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You dont need a Yahoo email, you just have to register with the moulton site, trust me, if you are going to run an everyday moulton, joining it will be worth it, both in the short term and the long.
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Old 09-24-09, 07:05 AM   #5
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You dont need a Yahoo email, you just have to register with the moulton site, trust me, if you are going to run an everyday moulton, joining it will be worth it, both in the short term and the long.
true i will....

sorry, im a bit impulsive, and i feel like shops around here wont help much, more like i need to help myself....
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Old 09-24-09, 07:32 AM   #6
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Check my answer in the mechanics section but I pretty sure you have 16" or 349 sized wheels. At least my bike does. Roger
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Old 09-24-09, 08:59 AM   #7
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Check my answer in the mechanics section but I pretty sure you have 16" or 349 sized wheels. At least my bike does. Roger
yes, thanx man!

i just came back from Bike Stop they told me i could ride tommorow but i needed to bring them in asap to prevent more broken spokes. He said "if i dont have the spoke size ill make one for you, dont worry so much man, if you were to respoke the entire wheel then we would need to buy new spokes, but for one! ill do it!"

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Old 09-24-09, 03:32 PM   #8
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echotraveler,

If it was my Moulton I would be re-spoking both wheels with new stainless steel spokes...for a few reasons.
As this is an unrestored bike and you may not know if these are the original spokes and as a spoke has broken already it can mean the rest are starting to fatigue so by replacing only one you may find another then another will break not too far down the track....it's good to know what you're dealing with.
Also, the quality of the factory spokes are probably low-end so upgrading to SS would be a good idea as they are much stronger. The SS spokes are not cheap, here in Australia they are $3 ea, but they're worth it. If my LBS doesn't have the right length they will cut to size rather than order in special sizes ie: 24" to 451.
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thanx stevegor

i contated a guy that makes custom spokes in US but i know an ebay seller from UK that can send me 153mm...but since postage is so expensive i would rather try in USA

153mm is the right spoke size for moulton 16" rim with Sturmey Archer 4 Sped hub....i double checked with my trusty bernier caliper
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