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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:24 am 
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A friend has asked me to build some wheels using EDIT: stainless steel? 26" x 1¼" rims (32/40) and small flange Airlite hubs. Which spokes and nipples to use?

It appears these require 15/17g spokes and appropriate nipples.

The rims' spoke drillings are too small for Sapim Polyax nipples and the hub drillings are too small for the threaded part of a 2mm spoke end.

What does the modern builder do?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:48 pm 
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It's common to drill the hub holes out to 2mm but it would be a shame to do this to Airlite hubs.

There is a bike shop that holds the older gauge spokes. Hopefully someone will know who it is.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:56 pm 
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Back in the 50s I would have used 15/17 G butted spokes 113/8 inches, both wheels. Might be a little shorter on the gear side if the wheel is dished.
Rarely used anything heavier. 15G is close enough to 1.8mm.

If the rims are dunlop special lightweight steel they are both staggered and angled.
Keith


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Edited as just realised the rims are not chrome plated steel :roll: So possibly Dunlop “Stainless Special Lightweight”? They have heavily staggered/offset drillings.


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keithglos wrote:
Back in the 50s I would have used 15/17 G butted spokes 113/8 inches, both wheels. Might be a little shorter on the gear side if the wheel is dished.
Rarely used anything heavier. 15G is close enough to 1.8mm.

If the rims are dunlop special lightweight steel they are both staggered and angled.
Keith


MADGETTS sell 15/17g stainless steel spokes and nipples :D

And I've just ordered 74x 288mm - pretty close to your 11 3/8" Keith :D

Oh and the rims aren't stainless steel either - they're aluminium and appear to be Conloy ASP

Many thanks for all the advice :D


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The asp is a deeper rim, the spokes will be shorter, at least 1/8th inch, if my aging memory is working.
Cross 3 for 32, 4 for 40.

Keith


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