I laced both wheels, as I thought I had made a mistake and wanted to know where. I have, but not one of inconsistency.
A Ryde Sputnik 26 inch is a rare "type 2" rim hole offset in Roger Musson's terminology (pp9).
I will re-lace the front wheel accordingly.
The only problem at present is the valve hole is not between two parallel spokes on both sides. On the rear drive side the spokes cross, although there is plenty of space for a pump, and the spokes are parallel on the off-side.
I am uneasy about these wheel rims, to be frank. (I am also aghast at the idea of bending the eyelets, because Ryde did not align these in the first place, which Brucey addresses)
Is there a lighter, better quality alternative to Sputniks?
Key Spoke - Trailing - Next To Valve Hole?
".............Rims are drilled either "right handed" or "left handed". This has to do with the relationship between the valve hole and the spoke holes. The spoke holes do not run down the middle of the rim, but are offset alternately from side to side. The holes on the left side of the rim are for spokes that run to the left flange of the hub. With some rims, the spoke hole just forward of the valve hole is offset to the left, with others it is offset to the right (as illustrated). Which type is "right handed" and which "left handed"? I have never met anyone who was willing to even make a guess!
The key spoke will be next to the valve hole in the rim, or one hole away.
As viewed from the right (sprocket) side of the hub, the key spoke will run counterclockwise, and it will go to either the hole just to the right of the valve hole (as illustrated) or the second hole to the right, depending on how the rim is drilled. The aim is to make the four spokes closest to the valve hole all angle away from the valve, giving easier access to the valve for inflation..................."