[CR] Reusing spokes: one reason not to

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Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 09:27:27 -0400
From: Michael Shiffer <dennisflange@gmail.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR] Reusing spokes: one reason not to

I don't recall in the recent discussion of reusing spokes whether anyone pointed out that there is often a flat spot worn on the spoke where it crosses another one. This is especially noticeable on laced wheels which have been in use for some time. Although I haven't seen a spoke fail here, I would not reuse any spoke with a notch or flat spot on the shaft. I was reminded of this last night: while working on my wife's bike, I checked the spoke tension on her well-traveled rear wheel and noticed how comfortable the spokes are with each other where they laced. They popped in and out of place with an audible click.


Michael Shiffer EuroMeccanica, Inc. 114 Pearl Street Mount Vernon, NY 10550 (914) 668-1300 euromeccanicany.com