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Old 06-02-10, 03:39 PM
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What Cool Stuff do YOU do With Spokes?

OK, OK. I make some of the weirdest threads around, but we all know about how useful the classic "pokey spoke" is in maintenance on the bike and such.

Well, the other day I was doing repacking. Repacked multiple pedal sets, repacked a headset, and repacked three wheelsets. Lots of grease, and lots of lost ball bearings.

So, I got a pretty good idea...

Introducing the magna-spoke:







Yeah, I know. It's not that special, but I felt resourceful at least. Anyway, what cool things have YOU guys done with spokes?
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Old 06-02-10, 03:48 PM
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an extra spoke is the best for cleaning/unclogging various smoking devices...
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Used one to extract brake cable housing from internal TT routing. Threaded it in, used some leverage and gave it a good yank.
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That is awesome!! I love it!
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"Resourceful" is exactly the word that sprang to mind when I saw what you'd made. Very nice. I'll keep a small magnet handy and try to remember to make my own next time I mix up more epoxy than I need--that is, the next time I mix up some epoxy.
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an extra spoke is the best for cleaning/unclogging various smoking devices...
bwah hah hah hah!
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Old 06-02-10, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by sauze View Post
an extra spoke is the best for cleaning/unclogging various smoking devices...
Better than a cut - off end of a guitar string, I bet.
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I sharpen the ends and stick them pointy side up in the perimeter trenches around the BBM compound. Then I load up the Garand and wait.

Can't be too careful.
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I sharpen the ends and stick them pointy side up in the perimeter trenches around the BBM compound. Then I load up the Garand and wait.

Can't be too careful.
.....what?
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Originally Posted by sauze
an extra spoke is the best for cleaning/unclogging various smoking devices...





bwah hah hah hah!
We're not talkin' bout toasters are we?
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no pix but... on the motorcycle (Royal Enfield Bullet) I've bent & shaped the end to grab the nipple of the clutch cable to get it over the forked end of the arm. If I had normal sized fingers probably wouldn't need it.
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Hmm - I might have to try that trick and solder on a small round mirror to a spoke. I'd make for a dandy mirror to check around the bottom of a carburetor for a leak.

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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
Hmm - I might have to try that trick and solder on a small round mirror to a spoke. I'd make for a dandy mirror to check around the bottom of a carburetor for a leak.

-Kurt
What do you have that has leaks large enough to see with a mirror? Just shoot it with starting fluid.

As for the spoke thing - I haven't really done much cool with it, but I have used them, twisted up, to hang wheels and tires from rafters.
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Originally Posted by mickey85 View Post
What do you have that has leaks large enough to see with a mirror? Just shoot it with starting fluid.
I realize that ether can be used, but I often do want to have a good look at the fit of the nitrile gasket. If nothing else, I'll be able to see the left-hand idle mixture adjustment screw on my Motorcraft 2150s a bit better.

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I've been known to really push the envelope, and use them to build wheels.

I used to have a bike that I used spokes to strengthen one of the chainstays on.
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Originally Posted by Binxsy View Post
.....what?
It was a joke...

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I've been known to really push the envelope, and use them to build wheels.

I used to have a bike that I used spokes to strengthen one of the chainstays on.
The only reason I used this spoke is because the head broke off. Went down to the LBS and got me some new ones, laced up the wheel and they'll be trued next week.

Also, a chainstay? I don't believe it, that's more resourceful than my magnet and epoxy.

Furthermore, I like how the thread went from magna-spoke to uh...substances to defense mechanisms to carburetors. Mickey, I actually haven't thought about that. It seems like that would actually work out pretty well.
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Use a sharpened spoke to guide nipples when replacing, can help getting them started too. Also helps when extracting old nipples.
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It was a joke...



The only reason I used this spoke is because the head broke off. Went down to the LBS and got me some new ones, laced up the wheel and they'll be trued next week.

Also, a chainstay? I don't believe it, that's more resourceful than my magnet and epoxy.

Furthermore, I like how the thread went from magna-spoke to uh...substances to defense mechanisms to carburetors. Mickey, I actually haven't thought about that. It seems like that would actually work out pretty well.
My drag car started out its life as a 307 powered Olds Delta 88. Ever seen all the vacuum lines on a 307? There's probably 30 miles of them. And they were all dry rotted when I got it. Replace the obvious leaks, and then start shooting. When the revs go up, you've found your leak. I used it also to determine that a 2" carb spacer needed to be resurfaced, as it wasn't sitting right. A surfacing plate and dial indicator proved me right on that one.
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Scratch my balls.




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I make a tool for installing spoke nipples on new wheel builds. Two bends in the spoke and a nipple threaded on past the end of the threads so a few threads are exposed, and you put the back of the new nipple on those few threads, and crank it onto the new spoke, and then spin the spoke-tool off and do the next one.
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... a chainstay? I don't believe it, that's more resourceful than my magnet and epoxy...
Some people just look at it the wrong way, and call them spoke holders.

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I use them to press reset buttons on Cateye cyclocomputers and to deflate Schrader valve tubes. Sharpened and bent into a ring at the opposite tip, to make awls and small screwdrivers.
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I use em for alot, hooks to paint old bikes or parts. reset my router lol. hold the gazibo, however spelled to the ground, the pegs that came with that thing sucked. I even use spokes to replace broken ones!lol
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