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Are rusted spokes ok for casual riding?

My wife brought home a couple of beater bikes from a garage sale today (just told her to keep an eye out so I could look at them later, oh well:cool: ). One of them is an old Giant MTB. I was going to clean it up and give it to my brother to ride around his neighborhood but the rear wheel has quite a bit of rust on the spokes. I can knock a lot of the rust off with steel wool and it may be ok. OTOH, I've been itching to try my hand at wheel building and this looks like a way to get some experience for around $20 worth of cheap new spokes. Either way, I want the bike to be safe.

What do you think I should do?
 

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I haven't seen galvanized steel spokes in 20 years. Yeah, they're safe, but you may have difficulty ever trueing them. The spoke threads are probably rusted into the nipples. If you try trueing them, the spokes may snap at the spoke threads after a few turns of the nipple.
 
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