[CR]Spoke and spoke count on old track iron


Example: Framebuilders:Chris Pauley

To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: Bianca Pratorius <biankita@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 07:18:34 -0500
Subject: [CR]Spoke and spoke count on old track iron

The road bikes I own have either 32 or 36 small flange hubs with three cross and 14/15 double butted stainless steel spokes. I have never bent a rim on the roads I ride with a weight of 150 plus pounds. I have broken a spoke here or there but only on wheels that had straight gauge spokes and were built by someone other than myself.

For an average rider like me using high flange hubs what would have been the recommended spoke count for a track bike used on the track ? Can I get away with a 32 spoke count and Dt 15/16 db spokes cross three ? Have the spokes improved sufficiently over older stuff that I can safely build up this kind of a light wheel for mostly track use ? I also plan to use Mavic MA 2 rims if I can still find them.

Garth Libre in Miami Fl USA