Dish my wheel? Help Staton Gear Drive Install

Discussion in 'Rack Mounted Engines' started by mlcorson, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. mlcorson

    mlcorson Member

    Prior to purchase, I was reading the Staton installation instructions for a gear drive. It says to take your wheel to the bike shop and have the wheel dished. What is that? Do I need it? I am planning on using an older Schwinn 10 speed.

  2. ocscully

    ocscully Member

    The following is from the Sheldon Brown web site.

    A bicycle wheel should have the rim centered directly in line with the frame. The fork ends are symmetrical with respect to the frame, and the hub axle locknuts (or equivalent surfaces) press against the insides of the dropouts.
    Wheels should be built so that the rim is centered exactly between the axle ends on the hub. In the case of rear wheels, the spokes attach to flanges which are not symmetrical...the right flange is usually closer to the centerline than the left flange, to make room for the sprocket(s).

    When rear wheels are built properly, the spokes on the right side are made tighter than those on the left side. This pulls the rim to the right, so that it is centered with respect to the axle (and to the frame.) Viewed edgewise, a rear wheel built this way resembles a dish, or bowl, since the left spokes form a broad cone, while the right spokes are nearly flat.

    By extension, the term "dish" is used as a general synonym for accurate centering, even in the case of symmetrical wheels."

    If you want for information the link is here

    Also depending on which kit you are buying from Staton, the kit may come with there propertiary rear hub that needs to be laced into your rear wheel so the kit will funtion proberly.

    Last edited: Jul 25, 2008
  3. mlcorson

    mlcorson Member

    I ended up buying the rim and wheel complete from Staton.