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Offline ste

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Front wheel spokes
« on: 16 Apr 2011 at 06:58 »
How many spokes should the front wheel for a 1920's 2 3/4 have? 40?

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Re: Front wheel spokes
« Reply #1 on: 16 Apr 2011 at 09:18 »
Hi Ste
   Apart from the CW Model of 1924 to 1926 which has 36 spokes front and rear in "C" section rims all 1920s 2.3/4hp models with Westwood section rims have 40 spokes front and rear. The original spoke size was 11 gauge but for some reason of which I know not, this size has not been available for some years. You have the choice of going up a gauge to 10 or down a gauge to 12. ( the larger the gauge size the smaller the diameter.) I built one machine with 12 gauge spokes in stainless steel and had frequent spoke breakage, admittedly while pulling a sidecar. I rebuilt the wheels with 10 gauge spokes, galvanised, and have had no further problems. I have had no problems with 12 gauge spokes on solo machines. Chris.

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Re: Front wheel spokes
« Reply #2 on: 16 Apr 2011 at 12:21 »
Thanks Chris. I picked up a rough wheel (40 spoke) today and put my frame on wheels for the first time. Looks cool. Were the front hubs stamped with the word Douglas like the rear?