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    Senior Member Ranger63's Avatar
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    The "DOH" syndrome

    Ok, I posted this on the bicycle mechanics forum but figure I need to share this here (being 65)
    I'm restoring a 1981 Schwinn LeTour Tourist.
    The oem wheelsets had hung from the ceiling rack for 3 years.
    I'd removed a spoke from the drive and non drive side of the rear wheel, and tagged em for that time when ordering the spokes arrived.
    Time came to order and I began running into one dead end after another trying to find 305mm/307mm 14 ga. spokes.
    Despite having the spoke charts and despite Yellow Jerseys Tony Musi (amongst others) questioning the length for a 3cross lacing, I was 'sure' I had 3x lacing.
    I set the rim on a backdrom to send some photos to YJ and several knowledgable wheelbuilders over at Bicycle_Restoration and still I failed to see the obvious.
    Finally thru a guy at B_R I locate wheelsmith stainless spokes in 304/306 lengths and order em.
    This morning, bright light of day, I walk into my bike room and -well the obvious couldn't have caught my eye any more intense had the spoke been gold plated.
    4X lacing on the oem wheels.
    I was only seeing the spoke crossing the spokes on the same side.
    Yep, that loud smack everyone heard this morning,was my palm hitting my forehead.

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    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger63 View Post
    Yep, that loud smack everyone heard this morning,was my palm hitting my forehead.
    I think you have solved the buddhist koan, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" The sound is "Doh!"
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    I'm chuckling because my middle name is "DOH". Remind me, some day, to tell you about the custom plate glass desk top that I measured and ordered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    I think you have solved the buddhist koan, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" The sound is "Doh!"
    YES! Then I should be well on my way to enlightenment.

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    An old joke...........why do they have hunched shoulders and sloping foreheads. "I don't know..............Doh"

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