are correct. Each nipple will just fit through the rim. If theangle is too much or not enough, it will cause the spoke tobend when tightened.Lacing Spoke WheelsInstalling spokes in a wheel is called lacing.Remember thefollowing tips when lacing spoke wheels: •Be sure the spoke length is correct. In some cases, different-length spokes are used on the same wheel.•Be sure the angle of the nipple hole in the rim is correct.•Be sure the head angle of the spoke is correct.•Don’ttighten any spoke until all spokes are installed.
Brakes, Wheel Assemblies, and Tires39Place the first spoke through the rim at the nipple hole nearest to the valve stem hole. The first spoke must gothrough the left side of the rim. Moving around the wheel inthe direction of rotation, connect each spoke into each fourthempty hole on both 36-hole and 40-hole wheels. Connect allthe nipples on the left side of the rim. Turn the wheel overand repeat the procedure for the right side. When this iscomplete, you’ll have positioned all the inner spokes.Next, position the outer spokes on one side; then, turn therim over and position the outer spokes on the other side. Besure that all inner spokes on both sides of the wheel are inplace before you insert any of the outer spokes.When all spokes are installed in a 36-hole wheel, each outerspoke will cross three spokes. In a 40-hole wheel, each of the outer spokes will cross four other spokes, as seen inFigure 41.After you’ve completed lacing the wheel, you should have oneset of spokes running in the direction of wheel rotation oneach side of the wheel.FIGURE 41—This illustra-tion shows a 40-spokewheel. Note that each ofthe outer spokes crossesfour other spokes.
Brakes, Wheel Assemblies, and Tires40If you’re replacing the rim of a damaged wheel, mark the hubfor spoke direction before removing the rim from the spokes.
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