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Old 06-21-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Reusable Spoke Weights

Reusable Spoke Weights


I recently got a new set of ME880s on my Spirit but when the dealer brought my bike out, they had plastered stick-on rim weights all over my shiny chrome rims! I was not happy and sent it back in for spoke weights. A short time later, the owner came out and told me that since they were no longer allowed to use lead weights, he had decided to only use the cheaper stick-on [steel] rim weights because the Honda spoke weights cost $10 each. He figured they would add $50 to the cost of the installation.

I wasn’t leaving with the rim weights on my wheels so they scrounged up a handful of previously used spoke weights, pulled the wheels again and rebalanced my wheels with them. I was OK with this because I went online and pretty quickly found a selection of several different low-cost, non-lead spoke weights I could replace them with. Of course, the dealer should have done that, too. In fact, I told him my intentions and he asked me to let him know what I ended up using so he could put some in stock! Man, talk about lazy. Turns out this was the second time the issue came up with his shop in the past month and he was changing his mind about using rim weights on laced wheels. Won’t be going there for service again.

Here are the beautiful spoke weights they installed on my wheels:




They were loose, so I tightened a zip tie on each one so that even if I lost one, I’d know which spoke it came from.




Online, there were a few different spoke weights to choose from but most weren’t chrome. What I settled on was a set of solid brass, nickel-plated reusable spoke weights I found on ebay at http://stores.ebay.com/THE-REUSABLE-...p2047675.l2563. These weights have a stainless steel setscrew that keeps them snugly clamped to the spoke nipple. The only drawback is that they’re only available in ounce units and the dealer balanced my wheels with weights in gram units.






A few careful calculations showed this wasn’t that big a problem. The front wheel had a single 15g weight on it. The replacment 0.5 ounce weight corresponds to 14.18g; close enough (within 5%).




The rear wheel had 2 X 20g and a 15g weight, all in adjacent spokes, for a total of 55g. Replacing those with 2 X 0.75 ounce and a 0.5 ounce weight, total of 2 ounces, corresponds to 56.69g; close enough (within 3%).





They look good on the wheels and because of the setscrew (along with some blue threadlock), they’re more stable than typical crimp-on weights. And, the next time I need tires, they can be removed and reused.





I've ridden with the new weights for a couple of weeks now, including some turnpike riding, and they've stayed put and I haven't noticed any balance issues at any speed. They're cleaner looking than the old lead spoke weights and at about $4 each, not very expensive.



Ride safe,
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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Good post Pops. I think when it's time for me to replace my tires, I'll be using Dynabeads in 'em.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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Just use Dynabeads. Then you will never need to see any ugly weights on your wheels again.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:19 AM   #4
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Just use Dynabeads. Then you will never need to see any ugly weights on your wheels again.
Plus they work better as they continually adjust to the wheel, and they make the rim a lot easier to clean.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:40 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. Yeah, I did a lot of research on Dynabeads and I know a lot of people have had success with them but a couple of things changed my mind.

First, my wheels are laced and ceramic beads rolling around inside the tube have got to impart some wear on the thin rubber wall of the tube. I'm not saying they would necessarily wear through but they could make a weakness in the tube worse over time.

The second thing is the issue of the beads sticking/clumping. It's about 80% humidity here in SE PA for most of the summer and I top up my tires with a hand pump. Enough moisture in the tire could cause the beads to clump. I also saw a caution online about atomized compressor oil coating the beads from garage or shop compressors.

I think if I had tubeless wheels and could fill with Nitrogen (or I lived somewhere dryer) that Dynabeads would have been the way to go. For these wheels, the weights worked out and are easy to maintain with practically no drawbacks.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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Whats a Wheel weight? Never balanced a tire in 45 plus years certainly not gonna start now
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:43 PM   #7
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Been using the beads in mine for over a year (tube on a spoke rim) with no issues.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:07 PM   #8
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Whats a Wheel weight? Never balanced a tire in 45 plus years certainly not gonna start now
Wouldn't want you to break your record of 45 straight years of uneven tire wear!
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