Alt Bike Culture - Anyone ever build an eccentric wheel?!
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03-22-13, 01:01 AM
Like, not a regular, functional bike wheel with an eccentric hub, but a wheel with the hub itself OFF-CENTER. Indeed, a total novelty item, but I was recently asked if I could build one, and after having built hundreds of standard wheels (in all manner of lacing-pattern), I can't even conceive as to figure spoke lengths on an eccentric wheel!!! Any leads?
03-22-13, 08:07 AM
Seems like youll need about 10 different lengths. Ive seen a dirtbike built like that for a circus.
03-22-13, 08:50 AM
i've seen a pic of one, but it was partially welded. it was a smaller rim, like a 16 or 20" regular rim, welded inside a larger rim off center. i think i saw it on rat rods bikes forum. maybe search around there.
03-22-13, 11:14 AM
There was a guy who built one around here back in the 60s. He rode it in the local parade every year. I'll bet it took a lot of custom length spokes.
03-26-13, 10:35 PM
Back in the olden days, didn't they normally cut and thread the spokes when they built the wheel anyway? In which case, the varying spoke lengths wouldn't be an issue. A bigger issue, in my mind, is how do you true the thing?
Meanwhile, I spotted this, no guarantees of accuracy on my part:
i think i saw curley riding one in a three stooges film.
started with a closeup of curley dressed old west and bobbing up 'n' down as if on a horse.
panned back and it was one of those eccentrics. no idea whether they were marketed to
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