I sent you a PM regarding shortened spokes for TT front wheels. Any chance you have some cut down ones for sale? I need to replace several on my wheel before I feel "safe". Not sure where I find PM responses, so I figured I'd post here in case you replied. Thanks, Chris.
Chris, I wondered why you didn't answer any of my questions I sent to you in my PM response... I bet it didn't go through. I have some old spokes in my shop. I haven't cut them shorter for my wheels yet. Of course I used all the best ones on my car and the remaining are the dregs.
I know nothing about TT wheels. They do look heavier than those for cars so I suspect that old spokes from 30X3 or 30x3½ cut down for 21" wheels might not fit. I suspect they will be thinner in cross section (smaller diameter).
What I wrote you was that I would need the length you need them cut to. Then I can look at the spokes I have and see if I can make some for you.
My experience hasn't been really stellar with the spokes. After several years they started loosening and some have cracked and chipped. So when I got my two new tires in the mail today I started working on the wheels. I have some split rim repairs I need to do, including making them round again. I also need to replace the threaded inserts which are part of the split lock mechanism. In looking at the wheels they now have shims all the way around. So I am thinking of pulling out the spokes and replacing all the shims with washers. Also with the accumulation of shims over the years the wheels have gone out of round... so I do literally bump down the road... it feels like a clown car!
So what I am thinking about is buying a set of new honest to goodness hickory 21" wheel spokes and doing all four wheels over again.
So my concerns for you are: are car spokes the same as TT spokes? ... I think not. If not perhaps you can contact Mr. Stolzman to get what you need. Another fellow who reads this forum who is a real wizard in turning spokes is Hal Shedler in Sacramento. If you are stuck for spokes I would pull one of yours out and send it to him. He may be willing to turn you some replacements.
If I were to make up some spokes for you it would be with no guarantee, you assume all responsibility and liability for the use of the parts.
I see Macs (and other supplies) have spokes for sale. this would be better than an old spoke turned down.