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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 08-31-08, 04:00 PM   #1
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rim and handle bars

i have a white rim, and thats it, no spokes or hub. can i transfer my old spokes from my other wheel that i'm riding right now to the white rim or do i have to get completely new spokes? if i get new spokes can i do the labor myself or is it difficult to do?

i have a mercier kilo tt and what do i have to look for in getting a riser bar? any suggestions on a brand and specs? im on a budget too..

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While I don't often say this it sounds like you should just go to a shop and have them build a wheel for you.
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is that the best option for me? any opinions on risers?
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It is always a bad idea to reuse spokes.
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dont be cheap do it right. if that means having someone build u a wheel, do that.
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Its not a matter of being cheap... I just wanted to know what is possible for me. If I can do things on my own then I would do it. If thats not the best idea then I would spend the money and have someone else do it.
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you can build the wheel yourself, but the safe bet is it get the LBS to build it for you
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if the rims are of different depths, then your spokes will probably not work unless its deeper, in which case you will have to add new threads and adjust the length, which requires a spoke threading tool. The cheapest one is a hozan, which is about 150 dollars. Single butted spokes usually are around 75 cents per, and double butted around 1.25. Double butted spokes build into lighter and stronger wheels. I recommend linseed oil as an inexpensive spoke prep. You will need a truing stand, here is a list of DIY ones. http://bikehacks.com/5-diy-truing-stands/ You will also need spoke wrenches. (6 bucks or so). Sheldon browns website has a bunch of instructions on how to build wheel. Considering it sounds like you have no idea what youre doing, it would probably come out pretty bad. Its easy to learn how to build a wheel, but it takes practice to learn how to build them well. Take it to a shop.

In regards to risers, look for clamp diameter of the bar (25.4, 26.0, 31.8, etc etc) and make sure it corresponds to the stem.
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Cool Thanks! do u know the clamp diameter for the mercier kilo tt? it doesnt say it on bikesdirect, and i dont know where to find it?

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