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    Spoke Question

    What size spoke is needed to lace a 36 hole Raleigh Sports Rim (westrick) to a SA AW hub?
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    If you have a built wheel now, you could measure. Otherwise, I don't know; not what I build. How bout a Camp highflange to a 700c 3 cross?

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    look up a spoke calc online.
    I found a link through sheldon brown and found the program easy.

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    Thanks for the tip-- I tried the Harris Excel Calculator

    does the following sound right:

    36 spokes, cross 3 pattern
    Raleigh Westrick Pattern Rim, 26 x 1 3/8
    Spoke length= 274.4 mm (10 4/5 inches)
    14 gauge spokes

    Anyone know if that's off?
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    http://oldroads.com/ra_exp.html

    ^
    Spoke chart above.

    -Kurt

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    http://oldroads.com/ra_exp.html

    ^
    Spoke chart above.

    -Kurt
    Are those for 40 spokes or 36?
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    Measure the hub, measure the ERD of the rim, the hub offset (if it is a rear and if there is any), and number of spokes then use a spoke calculator.

    No one one can tell you the correct spoke length without that information. And if you already have that information post it with your question.

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    are you lacing 'standard' 3x, or something else? 2x, 4x, radial, crowsfoot?

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    Didn't that bike have a 40 spoke 4x pattern?
    I have spoken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailorbenjamin View Post
    Didn't that bike have a 40 spoke 4x pattern?
    Raleigh once used a 40 hole 4x rear and 32 hole 3x front... I understand that it enabled you to use the same length spokes for both front and rear. At some time in the early 70's they changed to using 36 holes front and rear.
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    Correct-- this particular wheel is a 1974 36 spoke. I got measurements from a local shop that measured 274.1 mm. My own measurements using an online calculator gave 274.8 mm. I don't think that's much of a meaningful difference. It seems to be an appropriate number.

    36 spokes
    cross 3
    Sturmey Archer AW hub
    Raleigh Pattern 26 x 1 3/8 rim
    274-275 mm
    14 gauge

    as opposed to

    40 spokes
    cross 4
    Sturmey Archer AW hub
    Raleigh Pattern 26 x 1 3/8 rim
    281.5 mm
    14 gauge
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    As spokes are sold in 2 mm increments, I'd say .7mm is pretty accurate.
    I have spoken.

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    you can buy odd cuts.

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