Re: [CR] Spanish Spoke Lace

(Example: Racing:Wayne Stetina)

Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 10:00:02 -0500
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Subject: Re: [CR] Spanish Spoke Lace

Jobst Brandt shows this particular pattern in his book, "The Bicycle Wheel" and calls it "crow's-foot".

"COMBINED SPOKING PATTERNS Wheels can be laced in patterns that combine radial and crossed spokes. These patterns are interesting in appearance but have no measurable advantages over standard crossed-spoke patterns. For example, the "crow's-foot" pattern has two-thirds crossed spokes and one-third radial. It is formed by a one- or two-crossed pattern with a radial spoke between each pair of opposing spokes. This pattern can be laced only on wheels with spokes in multiples of six (24, 36, 48)."

I don't suppose you've yet ridden the wheels to see if the clicking is gone. Maybe the higher pressure where the 3 spokes cross close to the hub might eliminate it.

John Betmanis Woodstock, Ontario Canada

Ken wrote:
> Hi,
> My winter bike wheels (Normandy hubs and Mavic MA2 rims) have just come back from the wheel shop after a respoke with Italian stainless spokes to try and solve a clicking spoke issue. I note that the wheel builder has employed a rather unusual technique to lace the spokes and he calls this Spanish lace.
> The Spanish lace appears to be a combination of radial spoke lacing and 2X spoke lacing (forward and reverse) on adjacent spokes with all the spoke heads being inserted from the inside face of the hub flange.
> A picture of this hub and spoke weave can be found at
> I wonder why the wheel builder has chosen to employ this lace pattern other than as a cure for 3X lacing boredom ?
> Are any technical advantages or disadvantages known about this spoke lace pattern ?


> Regards


> Ken Hume

> London, England