Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Nausea, New Hamster
Bikes: (see http://wildavis.smugmug.com/Bikes) Bianchi Veloce (2005), Nishiki Cascade (1992), Schwinn Super Sport (1983)
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According to Gerd Schraner:
"Tying and Soldering
Reason and Purpose:
A long forgotten art, but in view of the high demands placed on today's wheels, more necessary than ever.
The especially applies to the rear wheel, the structural spoke arrangement of which is placed not only under the strain of the rider's weight, but also has to cope with huge, irregular driving forces when the wheels are in motion. The spoke elbows "work" in the flange, enlarge the spoke holes, becoming brittle under the constant stresses and subsequently fail.
On a normal rear wheel, neither tied nor soldered, it's easy to see how friction causes the surface between crossed spokes to become shiny and worn.
Tying and soldering enhances the quality of the finished wheel. The life-expectancy of the wheel is increased enormously without influencing the tension of the spokes."
Last edited by Wil Davis; 04-30-07 at 01:12 PM.