I bought a set of older zinc pplated steel spokes to use with my early campagnolo hubs. The hubs have steel centers and alluminum flanges and date to around 1950. the flanges on the hubs are different than the later hubs in that they curve inward rather than sitting relatively vertical like the newer hubs.
I think the elbows on my spokes are too short - when I instal the spokes they need to bend at the elbow significantly to reach the wheel, creating a large arch to get there -
Question is - obviously if I use the alluminum to bend the spokes, the hub will be ruined - but should I work on the spokes to fit them to my needs, or should I find spokes with longer reach in that area? And Secondly, I typically follow Sheldon's wheel lacing diagram for 3 cross 36 spoke lacing - should i be doing it differently with these hubs?
Stamford, CT USA