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Anyone ever used dental floss to stiffen their wheels?(6 posts)

Anyone ever used dental floss to stiffen their wheels?Stinky Hippie
May 25, 2003 8:35 PM
My LBS mechanic suggested I try wrapping my spokes together at their intersect points inorder to eliminate the noisy friction I was getting from my spokes rubbing together. It turned out I simply needed to lube the alloy nipples, but he also told me the floss would also make the wheels stiffer. ( basically, according to him, you just wrap the floss a few times around the intersect points, apply a drop of crazy glue, and voilla!) Thus I'm still considering trying this procedure. Anyone here tried this? Tips? It seems like a cheap way to stiffen up my wheels without gaining any tangible weight.


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re: Anyone ever used dental floss to stiffen their wheels?Atombomber
May 25, 2003 8:55 PM
Haven't heard of floss, but wrapping copper wire around the intersection of spokes and using solder is common among track sprinters.
my mechanic told me that soldering could lead to ....Stinky Hippie
May 25, 2003 9:36 PM
...spoke breakage, whereas the dental floss would break before the spokes.
No, but I use a 14ga spoke to clean my teeth ;-)OffTheBack
May 26, 2003 5:16 AM
Find a new bike shop...............................nmMR_GRUMPY
May 26, 2003 10:35 AM
Anyone need new wheels?Kerry
May 26, 2003 5:06 PM
A very old trick (fishing line works too) to shore up cheesy wheels. Are your wheels too flexy? Perhaps more spoke tension or a better wheel set is in order. Otherwise, you just end up with a mess when it comes time to replace a spoke.