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Spokes....maybe better than duct tape?

Old 04-14-19, 06:28 PM
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Spokes....maybe better than duct tape?

Mrs. Spadoni suggested that the shower in the Palazzo Spadoni might need some work as it was draining slowly. So I turned to the work branch and found a suitable tool, a 290 something 14 gauge spoke. Stainless of course. Inserted it in the drain and after pulling out a mass of what once adored my head, the shower was again operational.
In putting away the spoke, I looked at the various places spokes have been employed in my home. Picture hangers, door latches, tool hooks for stepladders.....
So what do riders who ride modern bikes do when a home repair is needed? And how have you used a spoke, besides to keep your rims and hubs separated?
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Old 04-15-19, 07:38 AM
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They also come in handy when framebuilding
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Old 04-15-19, 08:04 AM
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I keep a few old spokes in the parts cleaner for digging out debris between freewheel cogs, off derailleur pulleys, etc.
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Old 04-15-19, 08:36 AM
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Many uses in RC (radio control) model building. Guy wires, throttle push-pull rods, control rods, etc. I seldom throw used stainless steel spokes away. I never know when I might need one.
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+1 on the throttle rods. I've used several on lawn mowers (also to bypass safety levers-LOL) and I once used one back in '81 to jury rig a broken throttle cable on a Ford Mavrick ten miles from town during a snowstorm!
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Old 04-15-19, 02:13 PM
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Sheldon taught me to use one secured with a rubber band for vertical truing wheels in an upside-down frame.

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Here's another use.

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I've used them to silence the rattling heat shield on the exhaust pipe of my car. I wrapped it around the offending parts and used pliers to twist the ends together (like we used to do with baling wire) then cut off the extra ends. Being stainless steel they last a lot better than baling wire or mechanics wire. If the thing starts rattling again later, another twist with the pliers does the trick.
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Grind the end to a point and you have a poker to open up Teflon linings in cable housing.

+1 on the braze on attachment holder tool.

+1 on the exhaust system repair use.

Many, many uses that have yet to be discovered. Really is the universal answer to any mechanical problem.
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I've used spokes to replace lost cotter pins (hairpins) in an emergency.

I've also used a spoke bent in half to dip stuff into a jar of paint thinner. Toss all the small parts onto the bent spoke and drop it into the jar.

Probably as s a pick for grease as @JohnDThompson mentioned.

I may have used the hook a few times.
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I keep a spoke under one of the bathroom sinks for unclogging the drain, as suggested earlier in this thread.
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Good Ideas For Old Spokes

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I've also used a spoke bent in half to dip stuff into a jar of paint thinner. Toss all the small parts onto the bent spoke and drop it into the jar:
That's a great idea, thanks.

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I use them in the garden. I bend them into a U or J shape and press them into the soil to hold the drip irrigation lines down and control the routing. That black tubing never lays flat and some sort of control is needed.

Stainless steel spokes last forever. Galvanized last a long time but eventually rot (corrode).
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