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Offline enfield49

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Spoke roller
« on: January 27, 2019, 05:27:11 pm »
When I needed an odd spoke I used to select a longer one,cut it down and my local shop would roll a new thread . I recently needed a spoke and headed to a motorcycle shop with a blank of the correct length to be met with total disbelief that anybody had ever offered such a service. Was I just lucky with my local shops and does anyone have a spoke roller surplus to requirements ? Graham

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Re: Spoke roller
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2019, 06:19:36 pm »
I don't have a local old bike shop. ;)
 I think the spotty youfs in the (reasonably) local plastic rocket dealership would be non-plussed at the  request though. I saw a spoke roller on Ebay a while back and it went for good money.

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Re: Spoke roller
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2019, 08:22:56 pm »
Hi Graham,
Try a shop that deals in motocross and off road bikes
Yes, spoke rollers seem to fetch lots nowadays

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Re: Spoke roller
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2019, 02:45:29 am »
When I laced my wheels, I had ordered the wrong ones from D fly for the rear. One side was ok, but the other was too long. I sent the twenty of them to a wheel re-builder in Brisbane that specialized in dirt bike stuff and he cut and rolled the spokes as per my request. It was ridiculously cheap also.
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Offline timsdad

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Re: Spoke roller
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2019, 07:24:58 am »
I think it largely depends on how long the dealer has been in business, and the age of the staff. My local motocross dealer took his business over from his father, who had set it up in about 1960/61 when he came out of the army. They have always put wheel building out but true up and replace odd spokes, when needed, with genuine ones out of the parts book.

There is a dealer about fifteen miles away, also took the business over from his father, who specialises in wheel building. They always bent and threaded their own spokes from blanks but, for a few years now, he has bought them in with the new rims because it's cheaper than his own time. I expect he's still got a thread roller.

It will only be the old, established repairers who may still have a spoke thread roller, along with their sparking plug cleaner, boring bar and valve re-facer. Apart from off-roaders and light weights, cast wheels have mostly been fitted to bikes for the last forty years.


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Re: Spoke roller
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2019, 12:05:24 pm »
I cant think of any dealers of off road machines round here , I might try some of the old retired dealers , Alf Snell  lives a couple of miles away  , I hate to think how old he is, he used to call me sonny and I am pushing 70 now. Graham

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Re: Spoke roller
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2019, 12:11:55 pm »
I've got a small selection of new stainless spokes, Graham, plus loads of old, usable ones that will paint. What's the dimensions of the spoke and nipple that you need?


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Re: Spoke roller
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2019, 03:53:20 pm »
Thanks for the offer, I found one to fit this wheel , I am really planning for the futue. Graham