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    spoke tension

    hello as i said in my recent post im going to be re lacing a new wheel etc what i want to know it that when i put all my spokes on etc will the wheel be lightly to go left and right... or could i tighten up the spokes and it will be o to ride? cheers..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tailwhip169 View Post
    hello as i said in my recent post im going to be re lacing a new wheel etc what i want to know it that when i put all my spokes on etc will the wheel be lightly to go left and right... or could i tighten up the spokes and it will be o to ride? cheers..
    I have no idea what you are asking?

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    Spokes don't work like typical fasteners. You don't just tighten a spoke until it feels tight and call it good. Spokes are tensioned by being tightened evenly all around the rim resulting in all of the spokes pulling at the hub. When properly done, the hub is centered inside of the rim and the rim is straight (within a reasonable tolerance). A properly built wheel will have spokes at the appropriate length such that there is still room to tighten even when the proper spoke tension has been reached. There will also be enough threads engaged so that the spoke can be loosened if necessary. This allows the wheel to be trued later on to correct any left/right or up/down wobble that might result from using the wheel.

    If all of this is news to you, I'd suggest doing A LOT of reading before attempting to relace a wheel or having someone else do it for you.

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    im ok with lacing a wheel im just gonna copy my front wheel with the 4x pattern 48h hub 48h rim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cateye View Post
    Only panthers007 is stupid enough to believe that this is a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tailwhip169 View Post
    im ok with lacing a wheel im just gonna copy my front wheel with the 4x pattern 48h hub 48h rim
    Copying a wheel is a doable way of building a wheel. There's a sequence to lacing that'll get the wheel done up with the least effort, and if you'se simply copying an existing wheel you're unlikely to stumble onto that one.
    But lacing is just putting the bits in a working order, to get a road-worthy wheel you must be able to true and tension properly.
    I don't want to rain on your parade, and I do encourage you to build your own, but it's really much more to it than the lace up. Unless you have amazing mechanical skill reading up on it first is well worth it.

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    hello i have decided im not going to true the wheel im just going to lace up the wheel then give it to a bike shop to true propperly does this sound more apropriate?

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    Could work but read Sheldon's page first so that you get the lacing right.
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html

    Good Luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tailwhip169 View Post
    ... i have decided im not going to true the wheel im just going to lace up the wheel then give it to a bike shop to true propperly does this sound more apropriate?
    If it's a good, or even moderately good shop that is a safer way to success if you don't want to do your homework
    Pay extra attention to getting the spoke lengths and the lacing right, as the shop will charge you more if they have to correct your work before they can do their own.

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    I'd suggest the shop begins from scratch. Don't give them a laced - maybe incorrectly - wheel. Either let them build it, or buy one from the outfit in Colorado. This will save you money. But only if you are sure you want to throw in the towel on learning wheel building.

    http://www.coloradocyclist.com/
    Quote Originally Posted by Cateye View Post
    Only panthers007 is stupid enough to believe that this is a good idea.

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