Good day. I am building up a new franken road bike, and I found that I needed a new rear wheel since:
a.) the rear cassette on this one was nearly toast (and I don't currently have the tools to swap it, nor am I likely to have the needed tools any time soon).
b.) too many spokes were missing for my liking, and could not be replaced without removing the cassette.
I had out back a hub with intact spokes and cassette that I had taken out of a rim a number of years back (I can't figure out why I did that), but since these both come from the same size wheel (an old 27" steel wheel) I figured I ought to be able to swap them around and build up a whole new wheel.
Well, after trying and retrying, I finally get it put together right (as best as I can figure) according to the instructions on sheldon browns website. However, it is way too loose. In order to get it taught, I need to tighten it to the point where the spoke ends would rip through the inner tube. I can not figure out what I am doing wrong here. I compared the spokes and they seem to be of identical length.
What am I doing wrong here?