What are your favorite local shops for buying spokes for wheel building? I'm planning on building some wheels using some vintage hubs I have laying around and will lace them to modern rims (I'm switching some 27" tires to 700c for better fender clearance and potentially to add wider tires). I am looking for places that have experience with this sort of project and have a reputation for making accurate spoke cuts. My understanding is that poorly measured spokes can lead to wheel failure and/or lots of flats. I have relatively little experience in the matter, so most of this is second hand knowledge. I'll be building the wheels with a buddy who is experienced at wheel building but buys his spokes from Harris in BOS. I'm looking for a local option on this project. Any advice and experience is much appreciated!
I am going to experiment, I got my cheapy Hozan spoke threader today, will tried cutting and threading my own spokes, will be time consuming, but if it works...great, else it was a $164 lesson. I need really short spokes, probably lacing them radially, as there will probably not be possible for crossing(16" 305 rim to a large hub). Might use washers to further strengthen the hub flange.
And if the shop measures incorrectly, its their problem, not yours. It has happened to me.
Another quick question (hopefully): is it preferred to bring the actual hubs and rims into the shop, especially if the hub is vintage?
Spocalc is great but don't trust their database. There are a ton of mistakes and some outdated entries. Always measure hubs and double-check rims unless you have a data sheet you can trust.
mike w. said:
There are several spoke length calculators available online. St Sheldon's site lists a couple of links. i downloaded Spocalc which has an extensive database of hubs and rims (plus you can add other hubs and rims to the database.) It's proved pretty accurate in my experience. Plus it was a freebie.