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How do i determine the length, diameter & if my road bicycle spokes are single or double butted spokes. Help so i can order correct size nipples

I have a Miyata "Three Ten - Red Head" model road bike, but both front and rear wheels are not the original wheels for the bike. There is no name, size or marking of any kind at all on ...
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What is the "nipple head height" of a DT Swiss Squorx nipple?

What is the nipple head height of a DT Swiss Squorx Nipple? I am building a wheel and to calculate the ERD, I must first figure out what the "nipple head height" is. The rim of choice is a ...
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How to avoid damaging spoke nipples when wheel building

I have just successfully built two wheels. The final step of the process was perfecting the true and the dish. I used a spoke key for this, and this resulted in unwanted scuffing and nicks on the (...
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Freeing stiff nipples?

I've got a nice used rear wheel that's slightly out of true. Simple fix is true it up. But the nipples are stuck to the spokes and won't turn freely. I managed to get one spoke to do two full twists ...
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Replace vintage barrel nipple Shimano shifter cable

My West German bike has an old friction shifter. The shifting cable snapped and I discovered the nipple is barrel shaped but horizontal, much like a MTB brake cable, but smaller. I can't figure out ...
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Spokes are too long for wheel build. What did I do wrong?

Tonight, I began the process of building a new wheel. I purchased an Industry Nine Hydra Hub (MTN - 32 hole - Classic Rear Hub - ISO 6 Bolt - 12x148 HG) Here are the calculations posted on their ...
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Purpose of 'bore' on spoke nipples - why are spoke nipples not threaded through their entire length?

I noticed that (most) spoke nipples have a thread which does not run through the entire length of the nipple. As can be seen in the image below some of the length of the nipple has no threads (and is ...
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Spoke wrench conversion master guide

I have a universal spoke wrench. It used to work on any spokes I've owned, until now. I have a bike with 2mm spokes. The nipples are between a 13 and 14 on the universal spoke wrench's sizes. I have ...
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Rim suspension?

Is there any professional suspension system applicable between rim and nipples ? Did some tests on road bike with narrowest tyres long time ago with positive results. Wondering if there exist ...
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Ordering correct spoke nipple size

I've got some spoke nipples on a rear wheel which are stripped, and I'd like to replace them. I've measured the thickness of the spokes and they have a diameter of 2mm, which correspond to 14-gauge ...
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Why do spoke nipples keep falling out?

I have a road bike with road tires. I commute on a paved trail that is fairly bumpy through a couple places due to roots pushing the asphalt up. My problem is that about once every week or two, I ...
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Common for spoke nipple head to rust but not nipple body?

Is it common to see spoke nipples with heads rusted only on the side toward the hub, but not on the spoke body? I'm working through all the spokes on my front wheel, inspecting and spoke prepping all ...
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What kind of wheels use spoke washers/nipple washers?

Just that, what kind of wheels use spoke washers? Is this a nice addition to any old wheel, or are certain rims designed to use these? Would these perhaps help with a damaged spoke hole in a rim? I'...
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What kind of wheels need different nipple for front vs. rear?

I'm shopping for spoke nipples and I see some described as specifically for front or for rear. Is this just a marketing tactic, or do some wheels need different ones like this?
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Do spoke nipples come in one standard body size for the gauge?

The descriptions for spoke nipples focus on the spoke diameter (or gauge) compatibility as well as the overall length of the nipple but not really anything about the round part between the head and ...
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What size nipple should I use for granny bike rim?

I am going to build my first wheel using the Ryde V38 rim (Westwood type). The shop where I ordered the rim, says it has 5.5 mm spoke holes. The nipples that come with the regular 2.34 mm (13 g) ...
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Wheel building - ever encountered nipples that are screwdriver-only?

I bought "powder coated" nipples for a new build to match a frame. It's for a SOMA Wolverine and the wheels were to be black spoke & rim with orange nipples - all the other non-orange parts are ...
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Why are spoke nipples called nipples?

Does anyone know the etymology of the term 'spoke nipple'? The wiki page on Spoke Nipple and even google doesn't have the answer. Are there other threaded mechanical screws that are more like '...
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Install hub dynamo on new cyclocross

I'm buying a Cannondale CAADX 105 Disc and I'm planning on installing a hub dynamo, perhaps an SP PD-8. 1.) I haven't done this before, but judging by what I have seen on YouTube: Get the new spoke ...
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Brake Cable Ends - Barrel and Pear Nipples

I can easily find images of these different nipples on Google, and as far as I can tell pear nipples are used on road bikes (in general) and barrel nipples are used on MTBs (in general). Barrel ...
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Spoke and nipple compatibility

My spokes are described as follows: American Classic round spoke (butted 14/15 gauge; 2.0/1.8mm), black 286mm (without nipple). Does this imply that the correct nipple to go with them would be 15 ...
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Spoke nipple broke, should I replace more than one?

I had a spoke nipple break on my rear wheel, the threaded part broke off right where it enters the wheel. The nipples appear to be aluminum alloy, which I believe are not as durable as brass nipples. ...
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Retrieving Loose Nipple from Inside Rim

So I have a wheelset that I really like, only problem is the first time I rode the wheels a nipple came off the spoke when I launched off a speed bump going downhill. For a long time it was silent (...