[CR]What is the history of racing high spoke count wheels?

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To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: "Bianca Pratorius" <biankita@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2006 18:09:19 -0500
Subject: [CR]What is the history of racing high spoke count wheels?

What is the classic approach to spoke counts on racing bikes? It's funny but over time my eyes notice more and more details that used to just pass me by. Now I am seeing that there is a definite difference on overall visual impact between a 32 spoke wheel and one which is 36. Were 36 spoke wheels popular during the 70's and 80's for racing use?

Garth Libre in Miami Fl.