1 continue to make loops and pull them tight but not super tight because you will alter the point at which the spokes cross each other, we dont want that. once you have about 4 loops, cross the wire downwards (or upwards if you started tying down). the picture here is very blurry but its the best one I took.
2 once you cross push the wire under and continue to make loops until you only have about 8 inches left, these you can pull VERY tight (the tighter the better). then place the wire across again. it will look like this
3 push the wire under again and it will look like so
4 continue to make loops until you have about 1 inch left. again the tighter the better on these, and make sure they are next to each other with no gaps.
just for kicks so that you can see the difference between a wheel spoke tied for normal use. this was using copper wire then soldered....a lot smaller he?
finally some one wanted to see the picture of the bike "with small tires". well I dont have any other than the first one I took after I built it, and at this time I did not have the dropdown handlebars because I had not figured out how to mount the throttle yet. All I wanted to do at this time was get it installed and start riding it.....sorry.
I tied the spokes on my 700c wheel when I put a GEBE system on my bike because I was afraid it would break some spokes. I used small nylon ties and it did stiffen up the wheel. Also did not have any problem with broken spokes. Letting those crossed spokes support each other seems to do the job. Cheap fast and effective.
Yea, you ride it with a whip and spiked patten leather boots too? Ohh the pain,
Unless you have taken half the spokes out, don't fret yourself about it. The spokes are really strong. They are stronger than a "mag" wheel. Keep them tight tho. Once a month is a good time to check them, unless you have had a unusual ride.