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Old 03-05-08, 11:15 AM   #1
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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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Old 03-05-08, 11:29 AM   #2
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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!"
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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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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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