Go for the looks it should not matter but go with 14/15 ga not 15/17 as far as my Alloy SA hub is, the spoke holes are too big for a 15 spoke and the flanges are so thin that the spoke will straighten out and pop. Steven Willis The Bike Stand 1778 East Second Street Scotch Plains NJ 07076 908-322-3330 http://www.thebikestand.com
> i've just picked up a wheelset that an ancient wheelbuilder made for me.
> its for a fast london hack (with a bit of style) and will go onto a
> beautiful 1948 frame once its repainted.
> the front wheel is lovely, suntour superbe pro on ma2 built 4 cross(!)
> with 15/17 db spokes. he built the sturmey archer alloy am onto my 40 hole
> ma2 with thick, plain gauge spokes.
> it looks like it should be on a mo-ped.
> this guy has long experience building wheels. he's been a wheelbuilder
> since the 50's when he worked for claude butlers and holdsworth, and this
> is the way he said it should be done because of shock/stress when gears
> are changed in a hub gear, -a new one on me.
> he has said that if i want he'll re-build it with db spokes but that he
> won't guarentee the wheel.
> any thoughts?
> were hub gears usually built with thick plain gauge spokes? are there
> greater strains and stresses in a wheel with an internally geared hub?
> should i follow my aesthetic sense?
> simon bird
> london england
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