Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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I still insist on at least 32 spokes, in a traditional cross-laced pattern, per wheel.
The only cogent argument in favor of reduced-spoke wheels is slightly reduced wind drag. The design requires a heavy rim and specialized components and is inherently less truable and less reliable than a conventional wheel. For the tourist, commuter, or typical cyclist, a traditional wheel is a vastly superior choice.
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Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069