Spoke FAQs:

Q: Is a spoke one of some number of rods radiating from the center of a wheel?

A: Yes, and connecting the hub with the round traction surface.

Q: Are spokes mounted radially?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a spoke more commonly applied to the finished product of the wheelwright's work?

A: Yes, than to the materials he used.

Q: Are spokes only in tension?

A: Yes, and flexible and strong materials such as synthetic fibers, are also occasionally used.

Q: Are spokes used for horse-drawn carriages and wagons?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a spoke capable of supporting about 225 kgf of tension?

A: Yes, and they are used at a fraction of this load to avoid suffering fatigue failures.

Q: Is a spoke attached?

A: Yes, and and, the radius to the flange hole holding the spoke.

Q: Are spokes usually attached to the rim or sometimes the hub with a spoke nipple?

A: Yes.

Q: Are spokes thus necessary for the drive wheel?

A: Yes, and which has torque at the hub from pedalling, and any wheels using hub-mounted brakes such as disk or band brakes, which transfer torque from the rim to the brake in the opposite direction— when braking.