Had the pleasure of using this cool ass phil spoke machine that they had at the shop here to cut my spokes to the needed length. Even had to take apart the machine a little to get some spoke bits out of it and do a little oiling and maintenance (which was surprisingly easy). I'm building up my first wheel, and going through the process of cutting and threading the spokes, made it feel like it was that much more "from scratch". Sorry for the ****ty pics...my phone doesn't work well under certain lighting (in this case...sunlight....*smh*).
after getting the spokes together...here is the wheel half laced 3 leading 3 trailing
and here are the fully laced glamour shots....the pattern looks so cool curved this way, that I almost don't want to tension the wheel and straighten it out
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