Re: [CR]Mavic old school rims at Flanders

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From: "Robert Clair" <>
To: "Earle Young" <>, <>, <>
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Subject: Re: [CR]Mavic old school rims at Flanders
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 18:52:52 -0500

... sometimes i do enjoy the "mis-spellings", especially since i am one to do it more frequently these days than others. but i do enjoy it when i mess up the letters, when i read the paper, and other meanings just come out.

... anyway i'm sure everyone caught the "spook life" in that one.

... i do think though that says it a bit about wheel building !

robert clair
alexandria, va

----- Original Message -----
From: Earle Young
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 6:19 PM
Subject: Re: [CR]Mavic old school rims at Flanders

> Tom Harriman asked: However, if there's a list member with a PHD in
> spook life, there free to enlighten the rest of the list.
> Capt. Bike, PhD in all things bicycles, the late Sheldon Brown put it
> succinctly and correctly on his Website:
> "Double-butted spokes do more than save weight. The thick ends make them
> as strong in the highly-stressed areas as straight-gauge spokes of the
> same thickness, but the thinner middle sections make the spokes
> effectively more elastic. This allows them to stretch (temporarily) more
> than thicker spokes.
> As a result, when the wheel is subjected to sharp localized stresses,
> the most heavily stressed spokes can elongate enough to shift some of
> the stress to adjoining spokes. This is particularly desirable when the
> limiting factor is how much stress the rim can withstand without
> cracking around the spoke hole. "
> My 30 years of experience building wheels leads me to concur. I have see
> far fewer broken spokes and cracked rims with butted spokes laced tight.
> Earle Young
> Madison, Wisc.
> Offering expert wheelbuilding service for classic and modern bikes.