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Postby Brent » Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:16 pm

Anyone have 2 sets of OEM usable spokes for 18" wheels? The long are 8 1/4" and the short are 6 3/4" long. I can have them re-plated if the base metal is good.
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Re: Spokes

Postby pumpguy » Mon Jan 17, 2022 5:10 pm

If you can't find a set of spokes, you might try Buchanan's Spoke & Rim in Azusa, Ca. Phone: 626 969 4655. They make stainless steel spokes and nipples for just about every bike ever made. Probably best to send samples to prevent any doubt.
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Re: Spokes

Postby Brent » Mon Jan 17, 2022 5:15 pm

Thanks, I'll keep it in mind. I prefer OEM but, who knows :-)
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Re: Spokes

Postby Brent » Tue Mar 22, 2022 6:36 pm

Just a heads up. I ordered 2 sets of 18" wheel spokes and nipples from Buchanan Spoke Co. after sending them samples of my originals. They contacted me back and had spoke sets that were close but not duplicates to the originals. What they sent was quality (but expensive). It wasn't until I was lacing and truing the wheels I found out that, due to the nipples supplied being slightly larger in diameter with larger heads, that during final tightening of the spokes a mis-alignment of the spoke at the intersection of the spoke to nipple occurred (read: slight kink). The nipples weren't able to pivot slightly to compensate.
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Re: Spokes

Postby pumpguy » Tue Mar 22, 2022 7:20 pm

Sorry to hear about the spoke problem from Buchanan. Did you tell them about this problem?
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Re: Spokes

Postby Bailey » Tue Mar 22, 2022 8:16 pm

I ordered 19 inch wheels from Central Wheel in the UK but they couldn't match the spoke sample I sent them. I bought spokes from redraven but the nipples weren't right size so I was planning to get nipples from Buchanon.What was the dimension of the heads of the nipples? My original nipples were . 25 barrel with a .365 head. Another fork in the road!
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Re: Spokes

Postby Brent » Tue Mar 22, 2022 10:13 pm

I haven't contacted Buchanan because they were honest with me in saying these weren't exact replacements and worked with me through the process. I accepted the differences. Their company policy is to 'check fitment first before returning the product'. Fitment didn't happen until I'd swabbed the nipples and threads with their anti-seize compound and tightened things up. Not their fault. I accept full responsibility for the mis-application. As to the nipple dimensions the barrel is .248" dia. and the head dia. is .406" at the widest reading. Head height is .165". Stock nipple size is .244" and .347" and .130" respectfully. See photos.
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Re: Spokes

Postby Brent » Tue Mar 22, 2022 10:19 pm

Here's a photo of the misalignment.
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Re: Spokes

Postby Bailey » Tue Mar 22, 2022 11:24 pm

Thanks for the info. I sent Central Wheel an e mail asking if these will be Ok with their Wheels.When I ordered my wheels they didn't have spokes to lace two wheels which is why the sent me Buchanan
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