Hey there bairdco! The spokes and nipple that I put into the rim was just a test to see if it would happen to fit or not. Its pretty close but as you can see from the picture the nipple is half shy of getting completely around the thread. The nipple and the spoke in the picture came off a different bike. I was really hoping magically that it would have worked for convenience but as you suggested, I think im going to have to look elsewhere, thanks for the input!So you do not have nipple to fit fat spokes.. correct? I think so.. this is not safe.Just like a Nut and bolt need to be the same size and thread so do spokes and nipples.
Hey thanks Ralph, i agree with what you suggested as well. To be honest although I would love to use all original parts, the wheels are something I can look past due to safety and reliability just incase any sort of issues should arise. With being toally honest, the real reason I wanted to keep using them was because of the wheel hub, it has a skip tooth sprocket and chain I want to keep using and I was hoping I would get lucky and an easy way out by replacing the spokes.... nothing worth it is ever easy, should have learned that by now!It looks to me that you need longer spokes and I've seen some builders drill the rim to fit a more wide spoke if needed. The nipples will have to set semi-flush under good rim tape. Nobody will look down on new rims I bet, but because they need sanded anyhow, some epoxy primer and more sanding followed by paint of choice after could help with smooth rim brakes. Also I think the wheel sizes have changed some. The Sheldon brown wheel building literature has all of the calculations to figure the measurements correctly.
Hey Moto, I appreciate you guys, this is why I come to you! I was hoping to get by easy on this one but I should know better! gotta continue moving forward! heheSo you do not have nipple to fit fat spokes.. correct? I think so.. this is not safe.Just like a Nut and bolt need to be the same size and thread so do spokes and nipples.
Hey thanks a lot allen! appreciate the link and the advice!!Save the old stuff for wall hangings. Be Safe, take Bairdcos' advice. Go Here shop the 12g or 11g shimano coaster brake and the spoke matched Sturmey / Archer front drum if you can afford. This is the foundation of safety for YOU. Build from this point forward. Good Luck!