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Spoke Tension Guidelines

Generally what should the tension be for spokes in wheels built up from scratch? For the front wheel? Should the tension be different for drive-side/non-drive-side spokes in the rear? Should tension ...
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1answer
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Getting the hub logo facing the valve hole?

I have built a number of wheelsets and always struggle to get the hub logotype "upwards" and faces the valve hole in my rim, so that it aligns with the tire logo. Instead of getting it right the ...
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What is a nipple driver and would I use one to replace a broken spoke?

I have not yet built a wheel (or even replaced a broken spoke), so it's not quite clear to me what a nipple driver is. I also didn't find any reference on Sheldon Brown's Wheelbuilding page. What is ...
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1answer
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Aero spokes strength on a family bicycle

I am building a new wheel for my family bike: there will be a kid seat on the back rack over the wheel. I picked up some cheap double butted flat aero spokes (not elliptical but flat). From reading ...
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1answer
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Is it safe to re-use old spokes when re-lacing?

Due to hub replacement, I'm rebuilding a wheel. Are spokes used for a 32h tri-cross laced rear disc hub re-usable for a second building or is it worth the extra $20-30 for new ones?
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2answers
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lacing Alfine wheel, trailing spokes inside or outside hub flange

I am about to lace an Alvine hub wheel. Reading Sheldon Browns article there is a suggestion that the trailing, and so key, spokes might be better laced the opposite of what would be done for a ...
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Spokes keep breaking - bad hub or bad build?

Background information A bit of background information (I'll try keep it brief): Last year I bought an old but unused bike, 5 speeds with internal gearing. Apparently the shop bought a lot of bikes ...
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4answers
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How effective is checking spoke tension by ear?

Sheldon Brown's Wheelbuilding page links to the article: Check Spoke Tension by Ear. Obviously a tensiometer would be ideal, but Sheldon suggests that checking spoke tension by ear is a reasonable ...
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What alternative spoke lacing patterns exist (that make a decent wheel)? [closed]

I'd like to know of all the 'normal' ways to spoke a wheel. Currently, if you want to use a non-standard pattern, you have to run the length computations a number of times; for example, in a 3-spoke ...
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3answers
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Can I lace my hub with all inward or outward facing spoke heads?

It seems conventional wisdom says to alternate inward vs outward spoke heads going around the flange when lacing a wheel, like this: However, I'm wondering what the reason for this is, and if it ...
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2answers
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Oil/Anti-seize on outside of nipple when building a wheel?

I just took apart my old wheelset which let some delightful snaps out as I loosened the nipples that were seized to the rims. I'm wondering what the benefits would be of a small amount of anti-seize ...
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2answers
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What are the pros and cons of Double Butted vs Straight Spokes when building a wheel?

Straight spokes will have the same diameter through the whole length, double butted spoked are thinner in the middle than at the ends. Here's my current understanding of the benefits of each: Double ...
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4answers
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Which spokes to get, Wheelsmith or DT Swiss Spokes?

I'm building two sets of 26" wheels, one pair of 32h triple cross with Bullseye hubs with machined sidewalls for rim brakes, and another pair of 24h double cross with Alex A-Class hubs with Sun rims ...
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12answers
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Is it really necessary to physically cross (interlace) the spokes on traditional wheel lacing?

Recently I had to replace a hub on the front wheel of my workhorse bike. That meant unlace it and lace it again. Since the hubs were identical, I used the same old spokes, same not-so-old rim and same ...
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6answers
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How to build a wheel

I'm in the planning stage of building a new bike. This will be a light road bike for city runs and transport. For racing I have other bikes. I'd like to build the bike from ground up by assembling ...