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This question and response on bicycles.se has me wondering how to find the answer mathematically.

Finding the balance between the tensile strength of a wheel spoke, and the number of spokes required to support the wheel is the point. I have no idea where to start. This is not really homework, just interesting to me personally.

Can you help?

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It sounds more of a physics question to me, actually. – J. M. Dec 21 '11 at 4:51
    
Feel free to migrate to physics if necessary. I'm not sure where the best place for this question is, and I didn't want to post in multiple places. – zenbike Dec 21 '11 at 8:03

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