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Old 12-08-06, 02:13 AM   #1
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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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Old 12-08-06, 04:30 AM   #2
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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.
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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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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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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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