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Old 11-14-04, 07:03 PM   #1
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wheel lacing for the first time

man it seems that i did everything right all the spokes are the same length, but for some reason one comes up short and some seem too long now i'm confused please help i'm reading from bicycle magazines complete guide the only thing that i may have gotten wrong that i can think of is where it says on round two, drop a nipple through the rim hole immediately to the right on the one containing the original nipple used, that is, the second hole to the right of the stem hole. fasten the first spoke in round two to that nipple. now working to the right around the rim drop a nipple through EVERY FOURTH HOLE and fasten the next available spoke to it. NOW DO YOU COUNT THE HOLES WITH THE SPOKES IN THEM ALREADY AS ONE OF THE FOUR???? OR DO YOU ONLY COUNT THE OPEN HOLES???? THATS WHERE I'M CONFUSED, I COUNTED THE ONES THAT HAD SPOKES IN THEM AND NOW IT SEEMS LIKE SOMNETHING IS WRONG PLEASE HELP
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Old 11-14-04, 07:12 PM   #2
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howed you get dooped into lacing them your self. seriouslyif you wanted to lace them you self you should have some one who knows what there doing help you.
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The next best thing to having an expert on site is at this link. Clear, concise and well written. Sheldon Brown--Wheelbuilding

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I just built my first wheelset today actually so i might be able to help you. FIrst of all get a book, get a book. Read sheldron browns information. Look at another wheel you have kicking around and i hope your doing 3 cross becuase thast the easiest for first time.
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Old 11-14-04, 07:22 PM   #5
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Oh, and what helped me when i screwed up is just dissasemble the wheel entirely. I kept making this mistake in the lacing process without realizing and then the spokes were too short so i disassembled everything and started from scratch and it was smooth from there.
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Spokes will be in groups of four at the rim. There should be three spokes between the last one you just threaded and the one you are working on now.
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Another problem you may have is that during the step where you twist the hub, you went the wrong direction. That'll screw you up, but good.
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The direction you turn the hub shouldn't matter...the possible problem that can arise when turning the hub is not twisting it far enough before threading new spokes.
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there is no one who knows what there doing around here that i know, the bike shop here is a big rip off, its the only one in town and the guy is very unhelpful and i dont trust him because he tried to sell me some old used ball bearings it's like a father son thing they have going on and they are way uncool and dont want you to know anything about mechanics so you will just have to pay them to fix your stuff so screw them its just me a book this forum and the internet is all i have to work with so wish me luck hehe!!
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have fun, i managed it today. It isnt a brain teasing activity but it isnt overly easy. I was without a book unfortunalely, my good friends @ USPSi should were to have it delivered yesterday but aparently not. But look at other wheels built, it will be very helpful. Look at what goes under what.
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man it seems that i did everything right all the spokes are the same length, but for some reason one comes up short and some seem too long now i'm confused please help i'm reading from bicycle magazines complete guide the only thing that i may have gotten wrong that i can think of is where it says on round two, drop a nipple through the rim hole immediately to the right on the one containing the original nipple used, that is, the second hole to the right of the stem hole. fasten the first spoke in round two to that nipple. now working to the right around the rim drop a nipple through EVERY FOURTH HOLE and fasten the next available spoke to it. NOW DO YOU COUNT THE HOLES WITH THE SPOKES IN THEM ALREADY AS ONE OF THE FOUR???? OR DO YOU ONLY COUNT THE OPEN HOLES???? THATS WHERE I'M CONFUSED, I COUNTED THE ONES THAT HAD SPOKES IN THEM AND NOW IT SEEMS LIKE SOMNETHING IS WRONG PLEASE HELP
When it seems like some spokes are too short and some are too long, it means that your laceing pattern is off a hole from one side of your hub flange to the other.
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Old 11-14-04, 09:43 PM   #12
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Hey Hey Thanks A Million Docf It Was A Cinch With Sheldon Brown Whoo Hoo I'm So Proud Of Myself Lol, Now Just Have To Get Passed The Tensioning Part But Hey Got It Laced I'm Halfway There
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Thanks Alot Retro I See The Mistake I Made Now, The Bicycle Magazine Book Doesnt Go Into As Much Detail As Sheldon Brown About The Spoke Holes Bieng Off Centered And Corresponding With Which Side Of The Flange Your Working On So Yah Thats What I Did I Had A Spoke In The Wrong Hole And It Threw The Whole Thing Off
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