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Worried about wheels (48h laced to 36h rims)
I am a newbie when it comes to knowledge and experience with bicycles. My problem is that I am worried regarding the reliability of my wheels since it has 36 holes but laced to a 48h MOB bmx hub (I recently decided to try riding fixed gear after using freewheel for almost a year).
Apparently, I ended up buying the wrong hub (48h), when my rims are 36h. Nevertheless, I asked the bike mechanic in our village if it's possible for him to lace it using the 48h hubs. So he did, and upon searching the web about lacing 48h hub to 36rims, I found out that it was indeed possible... but what concerns me is that the bike mechanic did something different compared to what I found on the web. Ideally, he needs to skip a hole after 3 spokes so it would be something like this (I,I,I,o,I,I,I,o,I,I,I,o...), so basically 6 holes will be skipped on each flange. Instead of skipping a hole after 3 spokes, he did something quite different like (4,skip,2,skip,2,skip,3,skip,4,skip,3,skip) so he indeed skipped 6 holes but in my opinion the he way divided it was somehow weird? Thus, it makes me worry since almost every thread or topic that I found on the web regarding lacing a 48h hub to a 36h rim would require you to skip a hole after 3 spokes, and according to some you might need to trim or adjust the length of the spokes. On the other hand, the mechanic didn't trim any spoke and just used them as is.
Here are some pics:
Last edited by johnrichard07; 04-30-14 at 06:53 AM.
Reason: corrected some detail