29 Apr 2018

Hope is a strategy

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Hope hubs don’t have the tightest geometry or the lowest weight, but they’re solid kit for the money. I don’t sell them but they’re easy to find and I don’t mind building yours. Here are a couple of Hope wheelsets built this month — you might see them on the road in different parts of Alberta.

15 Mar 2018

Tutorial video

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Check out this Gerd Schraner wheelbuilding tutorial I found on YouTube:

13 Feb 2018

New nipple washer

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There’s a new nipple washer available from Sapim — the Sapim MS washer has a generic V-shape profile compatible with all nipples (compare to Polyax washers with a Polyax-shaped cup). It has a thick, flat bottom for superior weight distribution however needs a flat resting spot 7.7mm in diameter. Where applicable, these stainless washers will impart a lot of strength.

Not much information is searchable for Sapim MS washers so I’m posting the product sheet to give you information from the source. Note carefully: my measurements put the diameter at 7.7mm compared to the nominal 7.4mm. Get MS washers and three other types of nipple washer here.

30 Jan 2018

More things weighed

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Up in the utilities menu I have a little tool to compute spoke weight. Today I made a couple tweaks.

First I got a better scale in the shop, which helps because this tool is based on real world weights. At the same time I changed the sample weight from 300mm to 310mm spokes. The original idea was to depart from the norm of specifying weight based on short spokes. But since I sell spokes longer than 300mm, why not choose samples of the longest length? Job done.

Second I added all varieties of nipples sold here to the measurement tool. This update includes brass and aluminum nipples in all varieties. Still to come are spoke washers and nipple washers though they weigh next to nothing and are worth it when they’re needed.

08 Dec 2017

Happy holidays

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Happy holidays to all current and future wheelbuilders. 2017 was a good year at SpokeService and I thank you for shopping domestically. Your support has allowed me to assemble a deep selection of wheel parts available to you on short notice without minimums. It has allowed me the privilege of sharing my love of wheels, knowledge and free software with the community.

Shipping and service schedule

The final shipment of 2017 will happen December 22. Shipments will resume January 2, 2018 — any orders placed during the holiday closure will ship then. Wheelbuilding slots are full for 2017 but we can discuss options for builds in the new year. If you want a set of sweet hubs under the tree this year, please get in touch as soon as possible. White Industries, Paul, Phil Wood, Schmidt or i9? 🙂

Update: no shipments will be posted December 23-26 but there will be shipping on December 27. After that we are closed for annual tool service and inventory. Shipping still resumes January 2.