Tying and soldering Coker Spokes

Has anyone tried tying and soldering Coker spokes? This process used to be quite
popular with racing bikes. It is a way to get increased wheel
strength/stiffness–simulating a high profile hub.

It is very time consuming–requiring beekeeper’s wire and special knots. A local
bike shop has recommended it–after truing my wheel.

Thanks,

David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA

Re: Tying and soldering Coker Spokes

Tying and soldering bicycle spokes has been lab tested to determine if the
stiffness changed. The difference was positive on one wheel they tried, and
negative on the other, but either way the difference was barely measurable. They
did say that tying spokes was a good way to keep them from attacking if a spoke
did break in a race.

Source info: Jobst Brandt, The Bicycle Wheel, 1989

Chris

On 11 Apr 2000, Maxfield D wrote:

> Has anyone tried tying and soldering Coker spokes? This process used to be
> quite popular with racing bikes. It is a way to get increased wheel
> strength/stiffness–simulating a high profile hub.
>
> It is very time consuming–requiring beekeeper’s wire and special knots. A
> local bike shop has recommended it–after truing my wheel.
>
> Thanks,
>
> David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA