Tuesday, May 24, 2011

00551 Day 82, the Front

Wheel components

the Front Lacing the Front

This is art.

It's like this, you buy the rims, the hubs, the spokes and the nipples. You lace the spokes through the hubs to the rims one by one. Then you bend the spokes a little at the hub. You tighten the spokes with a screwdriver from the outside of the rim. You take your spoke key and tighten each spoke by one turn until you've gone all the way around. You keep going until you have some tension in the spokes. Then you start to true. You true laterally, then vertically and repeat, each time checking the dishing so that the wheel runs central. Then as you come to the end, when it starts to run really true, you check the torsional load on the spokes and then go back to the lateral and the vertical. When you're done with all that, you stress the spokes and go back to the lateral and the vertical once more, always watching the torsional.

When you're done, you're done. Just don't take all week.

Call me when you've finished.

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