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Old 01-02-07, 14:13
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Spokes

I wanna bring my spokes back to their original glory. They don't get any special treatment when I wash the bike - just a wipe over with a sponge. Have tried autosol and elbow grease but the deep set stuff won't budge. Any tips on what will do it?

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I wanna bring my spokes back to their original glory. They don't get any special treatment when I wash the bike - just a wipe over with a sponge. Have tried autosol and elbow grease but the deep set stuff won't budge. Any tips on what will do it?

Thanks in anticipation.
Good question... Buck?
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Exactly what I was going to say! Mick! Your vast knowledge of keeping things shiny is required!
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Take said wheel off... get some fine wire wool and harpic toilet cleaner. sit down the floor with a hot cuppa, away from harmful sun rays, wear some gauntlets and start by wetting the wire wool in harpic and hot water scrubbing spoke by spoke. The spokes on these bike are not stainless steel they are just common steel they get dirty, and show corrosion easily.

Best thing to do is to repoke them on same rims with more expensive spokes.
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tHE SPOKES ARE RUBBISH QUALITY,dont go near them with the harpic (think of them lovely black wheels,it will ruin them)The trouble is the coating on the spokes is very thin,autosole will remove the rest of the coating so try not to use a abrasive
The best thing will be a decent degreaser and a toothbrush,im going to put some of that wonder wheels stuff to the test as the front wheel mainly gets all the brake dust baked on,on word of warning though,if you havent protected the spokes through winter with anticorrosive spray,you wont get them back to new,
Im afraid its the usual answer,lots of elbow grease.i hope that helps.
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Thought as much. Back in the days, I remember attacking the rims of my push bike with a toothbrush, 3-in-1 and duraglit.

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How cool is this.... a whole section on cleaning the bike.... brill
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I clean them by soaking the wheel in a 50/50 solution of MOTO-Xtreme cleaner. Leave overnight then clean each spoke off with a non stick brillo pad. Seems to work for me but it is a right pain in the arse and my least favorite job. Like others have said the spokes are so cheap and really need replacing if you can afford it (which i generaly can't!).
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Best thing to do is to repoke them on same rims with more expensive spokes.
Got any links that would have specific ones for our bikes Capt?
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http://www.talon-eng.co.uk/talon-pro...&newbike=15611

Talon made rims/hubs XXXpensive but the dog's nards

East Coast Wheels - USA
http://store.eastcoastwheels.com/supermotard.html

Roost Racing / Supermoto

http://www.roostracing.co.uk/supermoto.php

Best of the lot is this one company in UK

http://www.central-wheel.co.uk/cwc/spokes.html

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