Does anyone know the owner of this bike, need to ask he or she a question, please!!
| will pay very good money, let me know, thanks.|
| Is it possible to obtain dies for cutting or extending spoke threads? Anyone know the thread spec? The smallest metric and SAE dies from the "49 piece" kits from Harbor Freight are *not* the answer.|
| Your local bike shop may have a spoke cutting machine. They were fairly simple affairs, the cutting head was actually a rolling cutter. The diameter was adjusted by means of a collar that was around the cutter. A bit finnicky to use, but after a few practice spokes, you'll be fine. They never get used, so the shop may have to dig around in the back. |
| I'm not entirely sure about this but my guess for spoke threads would be that they are BSC (British Standard Cycle)threads or possibly BA threads. I'd be amazed if they were metric or metric fine. You need to find, accurately, how many threads per inch there are and the diameter of the spoke(s)then compare this data with a thread chart and you will find the size you need. Roller threading works on how many threads per inch (TPI) and the rate at which the lead screw, the acme threaded drive powering the tool a long, is running. getting such a small diameter and fine thread wrong could be dangerous. If you don't have a 'touch' for feeling when a thread is crossed you could wind a nipple on to a badly threaded spoke and only know you have done so when the mashed thread fails under pressure i.e. with a rider on board a cycle with the assembled wheel in. NOT GOOD. I'm sure only readers with the skills to do this will attempt to thread a spoke.|
Matthew - lecture over off to tea.
| There are tools available for occasional spoke threading and heavy duty use from biketoolsetc.com Not cheap, but maybe what you need.|
| When it comes to threading spokes, Phil Wood makes the only spoke threader/cutter that is worth having if your serious about wheel building, but at last check they sell for somewhere around $2500. |
There is a vise mount threader available from Hozan Tools, but this is a bit awkward to use, and really not meant to do a large number of spokes.
It's usually much cheaper to find a local shop that cuts and makes their own spokes, you would have to do a lot of spokes to justify the cost of your own Phil Wood threader.
The Hozan unit, which require dies for each spoke size, sell new for somewhere in the $130 range plus any extra dies.
The Hozan threader can be purchased online at:
I believe it comes with the most common die for 14 and 15 gauge spokes. This style is fine for a hand full of spokes, or to match an odd size, but not anywhere near as nice as the Phil Wood threader.
The Phil Wood machine is also easier use, you simply set the stop to the correct length, and pull the handle down, and the spoke is cut and threaded and ready to use, with the smaller Hozan threader, you need to secure each spoke in place and crank down the die over the spoke, which is pretty time consuming compared to the Phil Wood machine. It's been my experience that the Phil Wood machine does a much nicer job and probably makes a much stronger spoke.
| I have just come into possesion of a flying scot bicycle made by rattray. I was helping with a house clearance after a member of the family died and it was going to be thrown out in the skip. Im not really into bikes and i dont know if it is a big deal but i remembered the name and that it was a local bike (im from glasgow) so i didnt want it to be thrown away. Im going to pick it up in a few days but i just want to know if they have any value so i can look after it properly (ie not ride it)|
| Hold up, Wait!|
You have something there! A very, fine bike, worth saving and selling. Do a internet search for: Bob Reid's Flying Scot. Read it all.
These were very fine bicycles, quite sought after by collectors. Take a picture and sell it on e- bay AFTER you have read the history information on Bob's site. Good Luck.
| I reckon you SHOULD ride it|
| Wanted: maroon paint for a 1994-1995 Raleigh Sports that I believe was assembled in Taiwan. Thanks Ron|
I've no idea where you live but your local auto body shop should be able to match the paint or maybe your local DIY store can?
Matthew - dodging the rain showers