Has anyone ever replaced their spokes with the catalog spokes ? I have one set and while I was putting in shims was looking to put these new spokes in but it looked like I would have to bore the center out larger to fit the hub. If this is correct how do you do that ?
"Catalog" are what is used to rebuild wheels.
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Jim, I'm not sure what you mean ""Catalog are what is used to rebuild wheels." I make my own and I'm sure Mr. Stutzman does too.
For really beautiful wheels contact:
Stutzman Wheel Shop
33656 County Road 12
Baltic, Ohio 43804
(I have no interest, just saw some of his wheels.)
Jerry, take a look at this. You can buy the spokes from Stutzman and press them in yourself. Note John Regan's comments correcting the way I did it.
Yes, I've done a demountable using spokes from Lang's and John Regan's spoke press. I've also 'tightened up' a metal felloe non demountable using the same press and shims. What needs to be said though is that the press is only good for metal felloe wheels and the spokes available from the usual catalog vendors are only for demountables. Wooden felloe wheels need a different process altogether. Stutzman's may be a source for spokes for metal felloe non-demountables, but I've not seen those spokes in Lang's or Snyder's.
In my post, "Catalog" should be "Catalog spokes". No matter if you get spokes directly from the manufacturer or from the manufacturer thru some catalog, they should not need to me re-worked or modified to use in a wheel.
I have done a set of 23" and just finished a set of 21" wheels with spokes from the vendors and have had good results with both. The 23" have been going for the last five years now.
Jerry, the spoke end (tennon as some catalogs call it) is available in two sizes.
I measured the ends and ordered the correct ones and installed with no problem. No modification necessary.
If the spokes are just loose, they can be repaired using shims. I have my own procedure for doing this, installing shims between the spokes in the center part of the spoke. Sorry, I did not take pictures.
Jim, I see what you mean...Thanks