Tricycles also put side loads on the hubs, and so some people do build their own: https://www.atomiczombie.com/tutorial-no-lathe-trike-hubs/Have you consulted some of the antique a/c building forums, to see what they've had success with? There was a time when builders would lace their own wheels with wider hubs.
And that is why I canted the front wheels on my last tadpole. I could fly the inside wheel with no worry during a turn.Tricycles also put side loads on the hubs,
and so some people do build their own
Most of the wheels I laced up I had beaten the rims straightish first. It was a revelation the first time I put a new rim on. Couldn't believe how easy it was to get it perfect!And that is why I canted the front wheels on my last tadpole. I could fly the inside wheel with no worry during a turn.
Interesting link and one of the great things about spokes: No need for accurate hubs - it all works out on the truing stand.
There was a time when people actually fixed things. I learned my spoke truing skill from my father who at one time owned and operated a bicycle repair shop. That was long enough ago that even the customers still had memories of the Great Depression and would fix things rather than buying new.
Yes, you can pound out a rim flattened on a curb impact and make it run true again.......look good too.
Did he do any math or consider gust loading? I agree that the average UL probably isn't going to see more than 3 G's during normal flight but all flight isn't normal.I had a good friend tell me
Take a look at suppliers for horse racing sulky wheels?Anyone know where to get 16-20 in wheels/tires with a 1/2 in axle hole? Demoiselle style?
Neat! Do you have a link? The hub seems easy, something I could machine out of a single piece of aluminum. It's getting a rim which seems hard.A: Years ago , Kitplane ran an article on DIY aircraft spoked wheels: one of their best ever!
Take a tube, two disks predrilled. Weld Get a rim and correct spokes. If you are not going to brake the wheels, they can be spoked radially. It is not hard.
Spoked wheels are popular on the Pietenpol, and look good to boot! Here are some examples of how they do it:
I finally found a reference to kitplanes wheel build. It was in the March 1990 magazine.