Spokes! Spokes! And More Spokes!

Discussion in 'General Discussion About Old Bicycles' started by oldfart36, Dec 27, 2017.

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 27, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    I must admit, I'm a little over whelmed with this one!
    Recently picked a gentlemen's garage that passed not long ago. One thing I ended up with is a ton of spokes, some still in original boxes. Seems most are Torrington, or National. Sizes seem to be from small tricycles all the up to 28". The pictures only show about half of them.
    Need input from a "Spoke Guru"!! I'll never use all these! If I do decide to sell, values, etc. Thanks.

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  2. #2 Posted Dec 27, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Some condition issues in there...sold ebay listings are your friend. The unknowns will set the market value when the auctions end. Less 20% off the top for eBay/PayPal fees...why not list some in the Parts for Sale forum and see what interest there is for them?
     
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  3. #3 Posted Dec 27, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    10-5/8" spokes are the bread and butter size.most 26" bikes use them.Torrington double butted are a good seller.
     
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    Misc. spoke size lots are hard to move for much cash. Good for either your own stock or find someone trying to stock a Torrington spoke cabinet for display. Still not much value from my experience. The desirable sizes are the 26/28” as I’m sure you know. Not too many people building wheels smaller than that.
     
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    28" spokes = gold; most LBS's do not carry them, and the ones that do, will be closed by the end of 2018, unless they own the building they are in...........
     
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  6. #6 Posted Dec 27, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Any ball end spokes I’d buy them
     
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  7. #7 Posted Dec 29, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    I scored a million (give or take) newer spokes, and used up almost all of the 26&28 sizes, building 26" balloon tire wheels and 28" velocity blunts for cabe members.

    The real money is in building wheels with them. For some reason, a lot of people think it's beyond their abilities, and bike stores don't want to do it anymore.

    Your Torringtons might bring a good price, since they're old and original replacements.
     
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