how is the best way of installing 12 gauge spokes?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by Lucius, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. Lucius

    Lucius Guest

    Is it safe to drill holes in the hub and rim or should i get purpose made items. Because the thing is im trying to keep costs down
     

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I don't see a problem with drilling
    just be careful and use the right size bit
     
  3. wes

    wes Guest

    drilling rims

    Lucius,

    It's ok if the rim has no eyelets, like a steel rim. Aluminum rims that have eyelets pressed in for standard 14 gauge nipples shouldn't be drilled out, as there is not enough aluminum material to support the load without spokes pulling through; thats what the eyelets are for. old tubular rims used to come with a pack of washers you added as you built the wheel. hubs are ok to drill out, if there is enough meat around the flange area. Its usually more cost effective to just buy a prebuilt wheel, but then you are stuck with the coaster hub.
     
  4. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    Unless, like the wheelmaster, you're using 10 gage spokes... They have a LOT of surface area...
     
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