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Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
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Mechanicsville, MD, United States
All this information was very helpful. I laced a front wheel using a New Departure hub I bought at an Estate sale for 2 dollars. Tomorrow I will attempt laci
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ng the rear coaster brake hub.
If you did the front, you will have no problem with the rear. Lets us know how it turns out.
 

rustjunkie

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Staff member
Jul 11, 2012
13,447
Monrovia, CA 91016
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with the rims and hubs we use and for the riding most of us do, as long as the spokes are sufficiently tight and the wheel is as round and true as is acceptable to you the "right way" as far as theory goes is whatever works.

"correct" for the majority of american cruisers is 4x not "interlaced".

interlacing does not make for an appreciably stronger or more rigid wheel.

the belief that it does is not supported by science or “real world” evidence:
countless pre- and post-war wheels are still very or acceptably straight and round.
Also: consider a radial spoked wheel steering a ~160lb professional cyclist @25mph
 

Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,148
Shawnee, United States
The last set of wheels that I laced does not have an "under"" in them. I had two sets of like wheels. I placed the re-painted rim I was replacing next to an OE. That visual really helped. The wheels are round and true, and all of the spokes have the same tension.
 

Pauliemon

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 22, 2009
414
Sacramento, California
with the rims and hubs we use and for the riding most of us do, as long as the spokes are sufficiently tight and the wheel is as round and true as is acceptable to you the "right way" as far as theory goes is whatever works.

"correct" for the majority of american cruisers is 4x not "interlaced".

interlacing does not make for an appreciably stronger or more rigid wheel.

the belief that it does is not supported by science or “real world” evidence:
countless pre- and post-war wheels are still very or acceptably straight and round.
Also: consider a radial spoked wheel steering a ~160lb professional cyclist @25mph
Correct, interlacing is to keep broken spokes in place. If not the spoke will flapping around and could cause serious problems. Same for tied and soddered spokes. Doesn't make the wheel stronger makes it safer.
 

TheWindrider

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 25, 2019
84
62
Michigan
Lol! After building hundreds of wheels I still struggle at times. Give it time Marc, you'll get it.
I do not find this encouraging!!:D

I am going to attempt a re-lace on these 122 year old wood rims. This thread will be my guide, thank you for sharing this!.
 

eeapo

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 2, 2015
140
Thanks very much, looks kind of complicated but I'll try it.
 

SKPC

I live for the CABE
Feb 2, 2018
1,306
62
Utah - United States
For all the wheel-builders out there! I finally put together this 26" front using some 450gm welded/eyeletted Salsa MTB clincher rims I got cheap last year. NOS 1947 Sturmey Drum front, Wheelsmith 14/15's, gold alloy nips. 1/2 hour job to lace and get straight with no hops. Trick with the low flange sturmey is getting the j-bends to stay put in the slotted holes when lacing. And just for fun at the bottom, a recently scored 32h White Industries Tracker hub. These may be my all time favorite front qr hub. I will use it eventually.
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Pauliemon

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 22, 2009
414
Sacramento, California
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After decades of wheel building I finally built a set with carbon fiber rims. I got out of the industry right when carbon rims first made they're debut. Whole different animal. Carbon can't be coaxed. It has to be brutally manipulated.
 
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