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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
I don't understand how the word "compression" can be used to describe the decrease in tension that the bottom spokes experience. I'm not an engineer, but it seems to me that it would be impossible to compress the bottom spokes. What am I missing?
I am not an engineer either but I think it begins with taking the initial state of the spokes as a given. Looking at the bicycle wheel the engineer begins with the prestessed structure where initially, all of the spokes are under tension. It's like perhaps looking at the compressive strength of a pretensioned concrete bridge.

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