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Wheel building / spoke prep alternatives???(13 posts)

Wheel building / spoke prep alternatives???NewDayNewWay
Oct 31, 2003 7:21 PM
Is there an alternative to using wheelsmith spokeprep ($22 out on nashbar)? I'm only building one set of wheels, and $22 is a lot to shell out! Thanks, NDNW
re: Wheel building / spoke prep alternatives???lyleseven
Oct 31, 2003 7:42 PM
You can use Finish Lline Cross Country lube and it does a great job. Any good lubricant will work. Be sure to oil the spoke threads and the nipples as well as a drop inside the insert area of the rim.
Oct 31, 2003 8:12 PM
Finish Line Cross Country (have they started putting perfume in that stuff or what?), Phil's Tenacious, linseed oil, anything good lube, really. I happen to hate Spoke Prep--it can be a pain when the wheels get older.
One more vote for what wise guys said above :-) (nm)PeterRider
Nov 2, 2003 7:17 PM
re: Wheel building / spoke prep alternatives???feathers mcgraw
Oct 31, 2003 9:00 PM
I use plain old paint. Lubricates while wet, works as a threadlock when dry. A mechanic at a shop told me about it, and it's worked for me so far on ten wheelsets.
Nov 3, 2003 4:57 AM
So you don't ever what to be able to true your wheel?
Anti-seize compound.Mike Tea
Nov 1, 2003 4:26 AM
Properly tensioned spokes don't need their threads to be gummed up to stop them unscrewing. Anti-seize will provide the lube for easy tensioning and the ability to easily turn the nipples years down the road.
Grease works fine tooKerry Irons
Nov 1, 2003 6:59 PM
I've been using grease on spoke threads and nipples (where they contact the rim) for about 30 years with great success. Spokes don't loosen on a properly tensioned wheel, and with the grease you not only get proper tension in the first place, but the wheel is easy to true even years and 10s of thousands of miles later.
Anti-seize compound.MShaw
Nov 3, 2003 10:55 AM
That's what I've been using for a while now. The copper based stuff seems to be better for me.

Best place to buy spokes/nipples ?outofthesaddle
Nov 2, 2003 10:40 AM
I have everything for my first crack at wheel building except spokes/nipples. Is there an online source for these?

Best place to buy spokes/nipples ?NewDayNewWay
Nov 3, 2003 9:33 AM has them, but only the standard kind, none of the fancy aero kind. See for good info on building (although this will be my first build as well).
Thanks and good luck. (m)outofthesaddle
Nov 3, 2003 10:05 AM
Your LBS!MShaw
Nov 3, 2003 10:59 AM
That way if you have a problem with them (measured wrong, etc.) you can probably exchange them.

Normally spokes come with brass nipples. For your first few wheels I'd recommend staying with them.

The only problem with this is if you're trying to build something funky. Check Sheldon Brown's site for a link to Damon Rinard's spoke length calculator. I've been using it with great success since I've found it.

That help?