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    Building my first wheel... advice?

    I've read a few articles online, and should be receiving Brandt's book soon. I'll be building F&R wheels for a fixed gear commuter - 36h front, 32h rear. Kind of weird I know, but that's what was cheap. I plan on radial lacing the front, how about the rear?

    I'm thinking you are all going to tell me just to do a standard 3cross for my first wheel, but I thought something like the "32 spoke hybrid crow's foot" listed here:

    http://www.geocities.com/spokeanwheel/lacingcf.htm

    looked interesting and not too difficult. Opinions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sac02
    I'm thinking you are all going to tell me just to do a standard 3cross for my first wheel,
    Your thinking is right on track.

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    "Search" function.

    There are a ba-zillion posts on this topic.

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    If you're cool with having to scratch your head a lot more during length calculation and lacing, then go ahead and do a fancy pattern. I expect that the tension&true is not much different/more difficult, and that is the part that matters.
    Personally, I'd never undertake all that hassle in order to build an inferior wheel that looks a bit more funky. 3x rear, 3x or 2x front and that's that.
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    Sheldon Brown has a great page on the subject-I have used it and now built at least 8 wheels.

    Just take your time, enjoy the learning experience and remember that you can always undo it and start over.
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    Do the front wheel first. And if you do lace it radial.. heads on the outside of the flange.

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    Radial lacing a front wheel was my very first wheel build as it was pretty much a no-brainer...
    I've used Brandt's book and continue to reference it. Good book.
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    Some people have issues with crow's foot patterns...

    And all else being equal, you'd probably be better off with a non-radial drive-side rear.
    Die schokoladenseite des radfahrens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lymbzero
    Do the front wheel first. And if you do lace it radial.. heads on the outside of the flange.
    What's the reason for this? I would think elbows out would be much stronger since the base of your spoke-profile triangle is wider.


    For the rear, go 3x. If you want fancy, but useful: radial drive side, 3x non-drive. More even spoke tension that way = stronger wheel

    Of course, all this assumes that your hubs are rated for radial lacing -- which requires more material beyond the spoke holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets
    For the rear, go 3x. If you want fancy, but useful: radial drive side, 3x non-drive. More even spoke tension that way = stronger wheel
    Except he's building a wheel for a fixie, so won't need to worry about dish and uneven drive to non-drive side tension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steev
    Except he's building a wheel for a fixie, so won't need to worry about dish and uneven drive to non-drive side tension.
    10-4. I missed that part.

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