How to know what size spokes?

Sailingalong Posts: 156
edited June 2009 in Workshop
Hi guys.
I've got a Raleigh Record sprint from about '89 with the black rims and I'd like to change the spokes for nice new shiny stainless ones. I was going to buy over t'net but nobody can help me with what size I need, so, how do I find out please?
The wheels are 700c if that makes any help.


  • alien8
    alien8 Posts: 16
    So you're going to rebuild the wheels? You could use a spoke length calculator based on various measurements of your rims, hubs and the lacing pattern but just measuring the length of old ones is probably easier if nothing else is changing. Don't forget that the rear will have different lengths for drive/non-drive side due to dishing.
  • Infamous
    Infamous Posts: 1,130
    Measure the old spokes.
  • NervexProf
    NervexProf Posts: 4,202
    Assuming small flange hubs - then - 54 x 294mm DB - Suggest Sapim.
    18 x 292 mm 15 guage plain for the drive side, rear.
    Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom
  • Sailingalong
    Sailingalong Posts: 156
    O.k. thanks.
  • volvicspar
    volvicspar Posts: 208
    Just take one off and measure it. Your going to have to take them off anyway
  • Sailingalong
    Sailingalong Posts: 156
    Where do I measure from...full length which would be 302mm, inside length which is the end of the thread or beginning :?:
  • Infamous
    Infamous Posts: 1,130
    end to the elbow I think.