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Re: wire wheels

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Subject: Re: wire wheels
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Wed, 04 May 2005 10:14:07 -0700
on 5/4/05 3:47 AM, Paul Hunt at wrote:

> Price for 60 stainless spokes and nipples here is about 80 quid, so whoever
> is charging 478 dollars is really extracting the urine!  The local tyre
> place removes and replaces the tyre for me for no charge (at least I give
> them some beer money, Hans :o)) and a wheel rebuilder elsewhere changes
> spokes (usually need one or two per year) for a fiver.  Only takes him five
> minutes, so I'm thinking of trying to get the appropriate tool and an old
> wheel to practice on.  Any idea what is involved, tool-wise?
> PaulH.

I have replaced many spokes. The only essential tool is the spoke wrench. I
have to take the wheel to a shop first to break loose the tire bead, though
-- I have never managed to do that myself with hand tools. I have heard that
if you drive gently over the tire as it is lying flat on the ground it can
break it loose, but I've actually never tried that.


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires

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