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Oopsie! Didn't lace front wheel correctly...(6 posts)

Oopsie! Didn't lace front wheel correctly...NewDayNewWay
Jan 4, 2004 4:18 PM
Back wheel 3x pattern, done per instructions in my Zinn book, no problem. Guess I thought I knew it all after building one wheel ;-) and built the front in a 2x without following the directions. What I didn't do is cross under the spokes on the 3rd and 4th set. So it's almost like a radial lace, but with longer spokes, since I guess I don't have the laterial rigidity or whatever benefit you get from crossing under. Am I safe? Or would you advise that I "unlace" and redo this? I've lasted a whole 20 miles so far without a problem if that's any assurance!
re: Oopsie! Didn't lace front wheel correctly...curlybike
Jan 4, 2004 4:29 PM
The interlacing of the spokes helps to keep the tension on and helps to prevent the loosening of the nipples( as per Brandt) I, too, made this mistake on an early wheel that I built and had no problems. In fact I never knew it was wrong until I tore it down, years and NOT many miles later. It is more of a problem on today's rear wheels, since the interlacing helps give running clearance for the rear Der.
Really not an issue on a front wheelKerry Irons
Jan 4, 2004 5:46 PM
Though crossing over/under is advantageous in wheel construction, your front wheel is under minimal stress compared to the back wheel. It's unlikely that this will cause a problem for you. Better build next time though, as someone is bound to notice your faux pas and call you on it. Oh, the humiliation! :)
Really not an issue on a front wheelNewDayNewWay
Jan 6, 2004 5:43 AM
You really hit upon my primary concern...

No, not that I'll break my neck when my front wheel fails, but that I'll be doing 20 mph+ and some smart ass will ride up along side me look down at my front wheel and even though it's spinning be able to see that it's not laced appropriately and be sure to let me know about it!
How about your stickers?the bull
Jan 4, 2004 7:35 PM
Are they readable from the driveside?
Is the keyspoke next to the valve?
that's why I like radialcyclopathic
Jan 5, 2004 11:06 AM
no matter how many beers you had you still can't mess it up ;)