Blog: 2013

18 Feb 2013

Spoke length calculator online

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I developed my own spoke length calculator, online in the utilities section. During validation I determined its output is identical to the popular DT Swiss calculator — to 0.1mm resolution. The intent was build a calculator with a simple interface suitable for rendering on mobile devices.

07 Feb 2013

Wheelbuilding bibliography

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These are the books I own about wheels and wheelbuilding. If you know of others, let me know.

For beginners

Brandt is canon but may be too scientific for introductory purposes. If you’re new to wheelbuilding, I recommend Musson as a first resource — inexpensive, approachable and remarkably complete. I built my first wheels using written guides so I think it’s practical and realistic.

30 Jan 2013

The right amount of tension

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Jobst Brandt addresses the topic succinctly:

It has often been suggested that looser spoking will improve the cushioning of a wheel, for instance one used on rough roads. Because the elasticity of spokes arises from the material properties of steel and is not affected by more or less tension, no change in ride quality can be achieved by loose spoking. Spoking with less than optimal tension only forfeits strength and durability. (Brandt 71)

In my opinion spoke tension should be as high as possible, which is usually determined by rim strength. A wheel built with high tension where the spokes are in balance and stress relieved is the strongest and most durable wheel. Instead of building to lower tension, build to ideal tension with lighter spokes. Lighter spokes have greater elasticity, which absorbs road chatter.

01 Jan 2013

Hello world

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First post! I don’t have a definite plan for this blog but will consider it successful if it gets used. I expect to share interesting links, announcements and deep thoughts about wheels.