- 1 How do I know what gauge my spokes are?
- 2 How thick is a bike spoke?
- 3 What does 14G spokes mean?
- 4 What is a spoke wrench used for?
- 5 What does spoke gauge mean?
- 6 How much does it cost to Respoke a bicycle wheel?
- 7 Are straight pull spokes stronger?
- 8 Is it hard to build a bike wheel?
- 9 What is a good spoke tension?
- 10 How tight should spokes be?
- 11 Are more spokes better?
How do I know what gauge my spokes are?
Measure its width at each end and in the middle, because some types of spoke vary their width e.g. are thinner nearer the middle. Measure its nipple width (the bit it screws in to). Measure its length, from the point where it hooks on to the hub to the wheel rim.
How thick is a bike spoke?
The most popular diameters are 2.0/1.8/2.0 mm (also known as 14/15 gauge) and 1.8/1.6/1.8 (15/16 gauge). Double-butted spokes do more than save weight.
What does 14G spokes mean?
The 14/15 gauge measurement on the spoke actually refers to the fact that they are a butted spoke, 14g at the ends and a narrower 15g in the middle (to make them lighter but still strong) Yes, 14G is the size for the spoke nipple.
What is a spoke wrench used for?
A bicycle spoke wrench is used to adjust wheel spokes in order to “true” a wheel —that is, put it back into alignment. It’s also used when installing a new spoke. Each spoke is secured to the wheel rim by a spoke nipple, which can be turned to either tighten or loosen the spoke’s tension.
What does spoke gauge mean?
Spoke threads are rolled and not tapped. Most spokes are 14 gauge (2.0 mm) which is the starting point before they are butted or bladed. Typical butted spokes are 2.0/1.8/2.0 or 2.0/1.7/2.0 or 2.0/1.5/2.0 – the differences being the thickness of the center section of the spoke.
How much does it cost to Respoke a bicycle wheel?
If the wheel is fixable–it generally looks good but has a wobble–you can expect your local bike shop to charge $20 – $30 to true it using professional equipment like a truing stand for the perfect line and roundness.
Are straight pull spokes stronger?
In theory a straight pull wheel is quicker to build as you do not have to thread the individual spokes through the holes in the hub flanges. In practice there is no discernible difference in the strength and durability of a properly hand built J bend wheel and a straight pull one.
Is it hard to build a bike wheel?
Building your own bicycle wheels for the first time is surprisingly easy. The only difference between a wheel you’ve built yourself and a wheel from a professional wheel builder is you took longer. Actually, there’s another difference: you’ll enjoy them more.
What is a good spoke tension?
Before measuring spoke tension, it’s a good idea to determine what ideal tension should be. Consulting with your rim’s manufacturer is a great place to start. Most rims have suggested ranges from 100 to 120 Kilograms-force, or 980 to 1177 Newtons.
How tight should spokes be?
The spokes should feel tight and firm. They should have just a little give when you squeeze them fairly hard. Squeeze a few spokes on other bikes to get an idea of how they should feel. It is rare for spokes to be too tight, but it is very common for them to be too loose.
Are more spokes better?
Registered. More spokes typically mean a stronger wheel. However, spokes are a lot better these days compared to the galvanized steel spokes of yesteryear so 32 spokes is more than enough unless you’re a Clydesdale or ride a tandem or loaded touring bike, where 36 spokes might not be enough.