What size are my nipples?

a.s.

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#1
:) ... spoke nipples you pervs! Broke one the other day. I was planning to hit the shop today to pick up a few spares. Problem is, I forgot the darn spoke. :( So what is a typical size spoke gauge for a modern bike? The spoke is pretty thin but I have no idea. What are the 3 most common sizes?

Thanks.
 

a.s.

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#4
I think the spokes are butted. 14g or 15g sounds familiar. 13g would be for thicker spokes like on a tandem right? It's been a while since I built a wheel.
 

Mr.Moto

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#5
I think the spokes are butted. 14g or 15g sounds familiar. 13g would be for thicker spokes like on a tandem right? It's been a while since I built a wheel.
Yes, if butted, 14/15ga. is typical. Otherwise straight 14ga. Either way 14ga nipple.
 

qclabrat

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#6
I have some cracked nipples which I cannot use a spoke wrench to remove.
Tried to remove with a screw driver with no luck. Might have loctite on them.
Is only option to cut the spoke or should I first untension all the spokes so that it's easier to remove?
 

serviceguy

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#7
I have some cracked nipples which I cannot use a spoke wrench to remove.
Tried to remove with a screw driver with no luck. Might have loctite on them.
Is only option to cut the spoke or should I first untension all the spokes so that it's easier to remove?
Done that before, I used a visegrip to grab the nipple and unlock it, once the bond if broken it should be easier to get it undone.
 
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