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I'm wanting to lace a 16" rim to my CB360 rear tire. I have the rim. I have the hub. I have the spokes. It seems though that the only way I can get the spokes into the hub is by bending the snot out of them. It seems that that isn't a good approach but possibly necessary. I can take off the gear which will buy me a bit of space on one side. But even with that, it seems I have to bend them to get them in. Is this how it works? Or am I just weakening my spokes and heading for disaster when I try to ride this thing?
 

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You should NOT have to bend the spokes AT ALL to lace it up!.....You probably DO have to remove the sprocket, although that depends on sprocket diameter "getting in the way".......Do your spokes have two different angles at the "head" end or are they all the same?...
 

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They have different heads - but the problem is not the heads but getting them in and out of the rim itself - the rim edges come up so high that it is hard to get the spokes out much less in. I've looked at other people lacing on youtube and such and their spokes just drop in. But they don't seem to do that with the 360.
 

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From what little I know, it's all about rotating the hub to get the correct orientation to get the spokes to "drop in" their respective holes on the rim. All while paying very close attention to your lacing pattern.

GB :mrgreen:
 

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Put ALL the spokes in the hub before trying to connect even one to the rim....
 

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Well I have found you have to take off both the gear and the brake to get the spokes in. The next question to the group though is the brake cover seems to be made of metal covered by gray paint. Is this steel that is covered in crappy gray paint? Or is it aluminum and won't rust? Anyone know?
 

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Not actually sure myself, mine didnt get bead blasted with the hubs coz it scrubbed up a treat with steel wool and suds. My guess is that it's aluminium with silver paint and clear coat. I'm assuming you're talking about the adjustable arm that the caliper is fixed to...
 

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It is the big round piece that covers the brakes so it doesn't get wet. Not the arm that connects it to the swing arm.

If it is just aluminum, can't I strip that old paint off and just polish the snot out of it? Has anyone done that? or could I just paint it with some rustolium? It sort of is large and not shiny or pretty and wondering how to spruce it up....
 

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So you're talking about the REAR wheel then...that cover plate is aluminium. Hit it with paint stripper and then with wet/dry paper and then you can polish the snot out of it. Mine came out nice with a bead blast (for that satin finish).
 
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