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Old 04-13-14, 05:43 PM   #1
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New wheel(s) maybe?

We've had an intermittent sound coming from the rear wheel. Tried several things to clear it up with no luck. So, brought the wheel into LBS and asked "could it be the sealed bearings?" They said the would take a look at and let me know. Couple days later I get a call saying that they are not sure on the noise but they did find three cracks in the rim. After discussing some options I opted to just replace the wheel. Fixes the rim and takes care of the maybe on the noise, from the wheel at least.

Problem is the new wheel came in with black spokes instead of the silver that would match the front.

Options:
1 - Have them rebuild the wheel with the silver spokes
2 - Replace the front wheel while I'm at it and get black spokes on that

My first thought is option 1 and done. Second thought is a bit more, well maybe second guessing.

So here are my questions:
1 - How does care/maintenance of black spokes differ from silver? If silver get looking bad steel wool makes em look good. Probably not a good idea on black spokes

2 - If the back wheel has worn out, should I be expecting the front to go the same way soon?
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Old 04-13-14, 06:16 PM   #2
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Use a black sharpie on the silver spokes. We have not done it on a whole wheel, but did replace a few spokes with silver and it worked fairly well, at least until you decide to do something with the wheel.
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The intermittent noise was most likely the rim cracks.

I would have purchased a new rim, and probably new spokes and re-used the hub.

I would be happy to accept your old hub (gratis)
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Old 04-13-14, 10:16 PM   #4
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From the pilot seat and view, you cannot see the back wheel, so what does it matter if one wheel has black and the other silver spokes?
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From the pilot seat and view, you cannot see the back wheel, so what does it matter if one wheel has black and the other silver spokes?
Having one with black spokes and one with silver would drive me absolutely nuts! LOL

i personally would replace the front wheel to match the back and have peace of mind from worrying if it will fail like the back did.
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[QUOTE=WNY tandem;16668810]Having one with black spokes and one with silver would drive me absolutely nuts! LOL

I can't even see my bike and it still may make me nuts I know it would make me even slower! [Gonna use that explaination/excuse in the future]
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Old 04-15-14, 05:18 AM   #7
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Ok - I agree that color difference is a mater of choice. Much like matching jerseys or not. Since I'm not a car guy my bike needs to look good and ride good. If funds were not an issue I'd be looking for a new tandem about now. But working the "Dave" plan, we are trying to pay the house off and will not be in the market for a new tandem for a couple of years yet (or maybe about 5).

I appreciate all the responses. At this point I'm leaning toward the new wheel for the front. If nothing else it does provide a piece of mind for the next few years on this bike.
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A new wheel is always a viable option, especially if you don't entirely have confidence in the rim.

(If you were a fixie-riding hipster, you'd embrace dissimilar wheels.)
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