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Old 04-02-05, 08:20 PM   #1
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where to baby spokes come from?

Okay, looking to build up my next wheelset . . bought the Brandt book, read it twice, and I think I'm ready. Against his recommendation, however, I want to use bladed spokes. I found a place online that has wheelsmith spokes pretty cheap, but I can't find any place that has any of the other bladed spoke brands (Sapim and DT Swiss) I've been looking at. Does anyone know of any U.S. website I can get these from? I'm also not adverse to going to a LBS to get them, so if you have any recommendations for NYC shops that can get these, please let me know. Thanks in advance. . .
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When a mommy spoke and a daddy spoke love each other very, very much...
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any LBS can get spokes for you if they don't already have a box in stock
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Beware. In a lot of cases (all?) regular hubs need to be modified to accept bladed spokes. By modified I mean the spoke holes need to be filed out on the hubs. This may not be the best idea for your first wheelbuild. But what do I know I am too much of a wimp to build my own wheels so take my advice with a grain of salt.
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you can get wheelsmith aero from harris cyclery, but they just get them from QBP, which probably supplies your LBS.
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thanx, champ
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Those wheelsmith spokes fit standard hubs.....
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If the bladed spokes are 15g they will fit without filing. If 14g, get out the needle file.
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