Wheels 12 guage spokes or mag wheel

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  1. hellbilly

    hellbilly Guest

    Okay, I am brand spankin new at this. I have read alot about broken spokes from too much torque to the rear wheel sprocket. I understand that the drive sprocket that comes with the Chinese engine kits is sort of integrated into the spokes and causes the spokes the flex a little upon accelaration.

    Wouldn't a mag wheel be alot stronger than spokes, even if you switched them to 12 guage? I see some 24" nylon mags made by Skyway for about the same price as having a wheel redone. Of course you have to figure out how to attach your engine side sprocket since there are no spokes.

    I am just speculating here as I do not even have my bike or moter here yet to look at, but just wondering if anyone has any experience with this aspect of the build?

    Any comments good or bad? Thanks!!!

  2. Hi Hellbilly,
    I looked at the wheel you mentioned (mag) but couldn't figure an easy way to attach the sprocket to the wheel (a close up pic may help though)....Probably easiest to go with the spoked wheel....of course half the fun may be in the tinkering to get it to work?
  3. 12 ga wheels

    I use the 12 Ga Worksman on everything I've built in the last 2 years, there is no substitute for a beefy wheel, unless you dearly love Razzberries (roadrash).

    I will never use less than 105's, and now have some 117's availble too.

  4. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest

    I went over to a local bike shop that specializes, somewhat, in vintage and cruiser machinery looking for a quick fix to my corroded galvanized Schwinn Cruiser spokes... and walked out with a pair of "off shore", machine-laced "heavy duty" cruiser wheels. Yikes! on the build quality, but the price was right and the spokes are a good deal fatter in diameter than the ones on the old wheels.

    If I post the spoke diameter as measured in one hundredths of an inch, can someone please tell me if these might be considered 12 gauge spokes?

    I found it dissapointing that the shop owner didn't really know. Thanks in advance.
  5. dave1490

    dave1490 Guest

    just looked at my mic, i got 14 gaw spokes and that,s 2mm dia.in thousants that,s .079 for 14 gaw.should give you an idea.
  6. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    .105 = 12g.

    I have yet to break a 14g Wheelsmith spoke on my GEBE R/S35 MTB. But, my Staton hub demands no dishing because of flange spacing, so all spokes are 266mm in a four cross pattern and wire tie n' soldered. I weigh 235#, avoid pot holes and hold my butt off the suspended seat over rough areas of travel.
    I lace my own wheels. ;)
  7. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest

    Thanks, fellas, very much!

    I'll be in the garage later to measure mine. I suspect that they're not quite one-tenth inch... Oh well; at least they're beefier and in far better condition than what I had previously.

  8. Common spoke sizes

    Hi I hope this helps, many things are not exactly what they seem to be due to "Metricsizing" that we are going thru.

    STD bicycle considered to be .080
    "Heavy Duty", sometimes called "Paperboy Specials" .105
    "Commercial/Industrial" I've seen .117 called .120, and the .120 of Worksman, and, in the past Schwinn (my 1953 Cycle Truck wears .120's)

  9. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest

    I seem to have the heavy duty wheels; the spokes measure .102, .103... in that range according to my standard dial caliper.

    Thanks again, fellas!