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they look cool, but man what a pita...

i gave up on mine and went with three-spokers. much lighter and much easier to clean.
 

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Luster Lace works very well and isn't too hard to use. Furthermore, you can make your own out of strips of old cloths or strong rags. You just take a strip, wrap it around a spoke once or twice and just saw away.

BTW, you do know about child labor laws, don't you?:D
 

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Gotta love babies who take pride in their work! I used a wheel cleaning brush and soapy water the other night, and got pretty good results. Next time I think I'll mix a little Simple Green in for better grime cutting.

Much as I love the way the spokes look when they're clean, I just clean mine on the bike because I don't have stands to remove them, and am way too lazy even if I did.
 

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How'd you find getting the rotors off? Half the torx fasteners on mine stripped out when I tried - I ended up having to heat them, then remove them with a punch on a flat I had ground onto the head.

Replaced the whole set of torx head screws with stainless steel allen heads.
 

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I have to admit those torx screws threw me for a loop. I ended up having to use a two foot breaker bar with an unreasonable amount of force to get them turning.

I had one little guy that wanted a battle. It actually caused my torx bit to explode. Afterwards, I went to the hardware store and asked for a t-40 bit with a warranty because I planned on breaking it. With my new bit, it was the screw that gave in first and stripped like my daughter never will. I then had to dremel a huge notch and used a flat head screwdriver like a crowbar. The screw came back and bent, then snapped 3 screwdrivers. O'l Red finally delivered the winning blow.

Major, I remember seeing my great uncle use a hammer powered impact driver when I was a kid. It is a genius tool. Does anyone make them anymore?
 

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I cheated and got some Alpinas with black spokes so you can't see the dirt.
 

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non longer on my bikes either, since I have marchesinis, but I found that gasoline was the BEST cleaning agent for the wheels... actually, it's the best cleaning agent for anything... but avoid painted surfaces... ;)
 

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Not sure if this stuff is sold beyond Europe but it's a very effective cleaner/protector.

Had a very pleasant ride in rural Nottinghamshire (Sherwood Forest & all that) today with Mrs H riding pillion. Stopped for lunch sat outside a country pub & then resumed our ride in the autumnal splendour.

Gave the bike a good clean when we returned home, used the SDOC 100 to clean all around the engine & cycle parts (not brake discs/pads) & rinsed it off with a low pressure garden sprayer. I wiped the gel on the wheels, sprocket & spokes & they have come up a treat. Recommended!
 

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