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  1. #1
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    20" Dahon Mariner spoke issues

    For various reasons, I am learning more about 20" Dahon Mariner spokes and wheel lacing than I had originally intended,
    but would like to hear some additional opinions about them.

    If I understand it correctly from Robert Torre's web pages, http://www.geocities.com/spokeanwheel/index.html ,
    this is a 28 spoke wheel laced 2 cross. Although Dahon seems to be very proud of their wheels
    ( http://www.dahon.com/news/dahonnews/11212002.htm ), I was dismayed to find that the rear wheel broke 6 spokes after
    about 3 years of light use. I am well under 180 lbs at my worst, so it should not have been a weight issue.

    Contacting Dahon, I was told that I was supposed to have tuned the spokes every 6 months. Great. News to me, as it
    wasn't in the manual. Oh well, get some new spokes and proceed. Now here is my observation and resulting question:
    Both the port and starboard sides of the drive wheel are laced exactly the same as opposed to being the mirror images
    of each other. This results in the trailing spokes being on the outside on one side of the wheel and the inside of the
    other side of the wheel. A photo is here: http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/j...ISC/wheel1.jpg

    Is that the best way to lace for some reason, or would they be better if the trailing side was either on the outside or
    inside of both sides?

    I hope this question makes sense. If not, but if you can understand it anyway, perhaps you could re-word it in
    addition to proposing an answer. Thank you.

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    Pwnerer Wordbiker's Avatar
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    Which side is port and which is starboard again?
    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Ski, bike and wish I was gay.

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    Port and Starboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Which side is port and which is starboard again?
    Port is the left when in and facing the front of the vessel.

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    I don't think that is correct. I always make sure my pulling spokes are all on the inside. Since these take the most of the driving torque, I figure they should be closest to the center of the rim. Not only that, wheels should be as symmetrical as possible. They just look weird if they aren't.

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