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    36 vs. 32 spoke build

    I know how to build a 32 spoke 3x wheel, would like to build a 36. Am I correct to assume that I just keep lacing the 4 extra spokes the same way? Also, I used the DT calculator and had to plug in my own measurements for my off-brand hubs. Did I measure correctly: pitch circle diameter, center to enter of opposite spoke holes; flange distance, from center of flange to opposite center. Finally, should I go 4 cross instead? The wheels are for an around-town utility bike. Thanks in advance.

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    Yup....

    just continue the lacing pattern until you run out of spokes and holes same as a 32x3. As for measuring sounds like you did it right to me. As far as 3x vs 4x, it's up to you. A 4x laced wheel is not really significantly stronger than a 3x in my experience. You just end up with an extra cross in the pattern and longer spokes. A 3x pattern should work just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweathog
    ......should I go 4 cross......?
    There is no benefit to 4x and a good chance that spokes and heads will overlap at the hub. And that's not good.
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    In spite of being a clyde, I'm running a 28 spoke stock rim and hub. I've put them through a fair bit and they are doing well (wouldn't hit big stuff with them, but...) For all-around/utility riding, you could easily get away with a 32 hole set up.

    As for crossing, 3x will do the trick. I have only seen a few 4x wheels and the difference in strength is pretty minor. A good rim selection and cafeful build will give you far a bigger strength increase than just going to 4x.
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    Thanks, and ...

    Thanks for the help. I did figure out that flange distance is not between the flanges but from the flange to the dropout.

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