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Lacing is generally regarded as a very complex science. Actually it is not so difficult if you follow exactly the steps explained for instance here: 



However, it is easy to make mistakes when trying to follow these methods.

Here I explain a no-think lacing method which is really easy. In the example I change the hub of a wheel, but the same method may be used to copy the lacing pattern of an existing wheel when building a new one.

Paper tape
Spoke key
Spokes, rim, hub, as needed. You will provably need new spokes, which must be calculated for the hub and rim dimensions. Happily, spokes are cheap in internet and can be easily calculated online, for instance here:  http://www.bikeschool.com/tools/spoke-length-calculator

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Step 1:

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Put paper tape over the rim and hub.

Step 2:

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Number the spoke holes of the rim. If you want to build another wheel, give the number one to the hole next to the valve opening.
Mark the side of the freewheel.

Step 3:

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Follow the spokes and note the same numbers in the hub. Indicate with an arrow if the spoke is inserted from the outside or from the inside of the flange.

Step 4:

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Dismount the spokes.

Step 5:

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Cover with the paper tape the new hub and copy the numbers and arrows of the old hub. Pay attention, the holes of one side are at middle distance of the holes of the other side. To get it right, insert a spoke in one hole to begin numbering the second flange correctly.

If you are building a new wheel, copy the numbers to the new rim. Pay attention to begin numbering next to the valve opening. The spoke holes in the rim are shifted to the side of the hub flange. Some rims may begin with the first hole shifted to right or to the left. If the new rim is not beginning towards the same side begin with the number one a hole further. The idea is to let the valve in a place with enough space to use a pump.

rimar20001 year ago
Very clever method.
m a r i a n o (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Gracias rimar. Si veo que interesa, escribiré la versión castellana (bueno, el día que encuentre un teclado de los nuestros ...).
Cuando era un muchachito (más muchachito que ahora, quiero decir) tuve que hacer ese trabajo, de comedido nomás, para unos primos, y recuerdo que me dio mucho trabajo. Y eso a pesar de que tenía permanentemente a la vista una rueda armada para copiarme.