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Old 12-14-06, 08:55 PM   #1
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Project update, because everyone loves pictures...

Hey,

I thought I'd post a couple pics of the bike I've been bugging you guys about.

So far I'm at about $125 of my $200 budget, a good chunk of that being the Brooks saddle.

It's nothing special, but everyone likes pictures of just about anything, so here they are, sorry for the crappy camera-phone quality.







That's not the chainring I'm using, but I threw it in the pic for the hell of it.

I haven't built the rear wheel yet, here's how I plan on lacing it:



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Old 12-14-06, 08:59 PM   #2
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why the weird lacing pattern?
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Old 12-14-06, 09:01 PM   #3
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I assume the crosses will be on the drive side?
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Old 12-14-06, 09:04 PM   #4
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why the weird lacing pattern?
Well, I figured... why not?
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Old 12-14-06, 09:04 PM   #5
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I assume the crosses will be on the drive side?
Sorry, that pic is one side only. Same on both sides
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Old 12-14-06, 09:06 PM   #6
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That first pic is really trippy..like those "exploded technical drawings"..
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Old 12-14-06, 09:11 PM   #7
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you should look at doing your wheels crows feet. super cool, and super strong. not sure its a good idea to have radial spokes on a back wheel...
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Old 12-14-06, 09:16 PM   #8
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you should look at doing your wheels crows feet. super cool, and super strong. not sure its a good idea to have radial spokes on a back wheel...
That is a modified (hybrid) crow's foot, for 32 spoke wheels. sets of three (two 2-cross and a radial) alternated with a radial.
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you should look at doing your wheels crows feet. super cool, and super strong. not sure its a good idea to have radial spokes on a back wheel...
A radial non-drive is actually quite a smart bit, at least on road wheels, as it reduces the dish of the wheel and allows for higher spoke tension.
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Looks like just 4 spokes are pulling on the drive-side... essentially a half-radial lacing pattern. Most crows-foot patterns are 1/3 radial at most. If you want to go wacky, I'd go 2-leading 2-trailing. Have fun with it though.
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That first pic is really trippy..like those "exploded technical drawings"..
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I've only built a few wheels in my day (less than 10, my most recent being a 3lead/3trail from a 36H hub to a 48H wheel) but that partial crow's foot doesn't seem like a great idea. The 8 leading spokes will be subject to detensioning due to torque from the hub, mainly because they will have less tension than the radials, and only have 8 shallow angle trailing spokes working against them.

Be sure to use linseed oil or some other coagulating agent, and let us know how it holds up.

Edit: are you planning on chopping the bars and using that TT lever?
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A radial non-drive is actually quite a smart bit, at least on road wheels, as it reduces the dish of the wheel and allows for higher spoke tension.
oh ok cool. good to know
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The rear wheel is an interesting idea, but I don't think I would want to experiment with a weird lacing pattern on the wheel that gets all the torque.
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OP... ever built wheels before? if this is a first build, just do three cross. it won't look hype, but it'll roll right.
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I would skip that pattern and do 2L2T instead, stronger and pretty easy. 8 trailing spokes total on a fixed rear wheel is a little bogus, unless you weigh like a buck thirty.

You must have a heck of a parts bin if everything there was $125.
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