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How To Tie and Solder Spokes

Tied and soldered spokes were once a final touch from the finest mechanics upon the highest quality wheels, but have for the most part faded into obscurity. Seen only rarely these days, many cyclists have never personally laid eyes upon a set of tied and soldered wheels, let alone question the history of the practice or learn to tie their own.

Back in Urban Velo #11 published in January 2009 we explained the practice and showed you how to get started with the help of local old school wheel wizard Scott Wickham Jr.

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One Comment

  1. Charles DostaleJuly 25, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I always tied and soldered all my track racing wheels, and I did it to a set of wheels I used solely for criterium racing. If you were a wheel builder in the 70′s or 80′s, you _had_ to know how to do this.

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