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Old 08-19-2013, 04:47 PM   #2830
Travels With Barley
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Location: Northern Vermont
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Woody -- Been toying with my wheel needs for a year now, and after an 8800 mile trip from VT to OR and back I'll probably be sticking with the OEM spoked rims on my 2010 GSA sidecar rig. But I'm worried that the inability to lean coupled with my spirited style on twisties is putting a lot of lateral stress on the spokes; I had a couple go THUNK instead of the normal TINK sound after coming down Beartooth Pass.

So my question: does your cross-laced pattern add lateral stability to a wheel or is it more designed for longitudinal stressors? I'm thinking of going cross-laced with beefier spokes on all three wheels but only if you think it would help.

I got a sidecar to travel with my dog. He never complains, is delighted to be with me, approves of my dietary choices, is a social butterfly who helps me meet folks, appreciates a good beer, snuggles better than my wife, and hangs on my every word as if it's the most profound thing he's ever heard.
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