15 Apr 2021

Truing at the joint

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If you true bicycle wheels using dial or digital indicators, you’ll know the joint area can be problematic on some rims. A little twist or bump can wreak havoc, sending your instrument to the moon albeit momentarily. I’ve revised my process a little to manage this problem.

Normally truing is oriented from the valve hole. Start at the valve hole and continue around the wheel until returning to the valve hole again. There’s nothing special about the valve other than being a signpost so you know you’ve covered the whole wheel. Now I start at the joint. Begin scanning immediately after the joint and continue around the wheel until returning to the point immediately before the joint. This factors out hyperlocal distortion at the seam. The only problem is there’s no signpost to indicate the start/stop point. As an aid to memory I install a little peice of masking tape, which does the trick.

28 Mar 2021

Back in the saddle

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The supply drought has been relieved for now and this is the first wheelset out the door. It’s a heater. Beautiful DT Swiss RR511 rims paired with Hope hubs. The rims impart a lot of stiffness due to their V-shaped profile and durability is maximised by using Sapim Force spokes.

26 Feb 2021

Pandemic operations

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Demand is up and supply is down. With no supplies to continue working SpokeService is furloughed. This pause will last for most March 2021 but is expected to end before April 1, when new stock is expected.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

17 Dec 2020

Year end

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SpokeService will close after shipping orders on December 23 and phones will remain off for the remainder of the year. The time is needed for inventory, tool maintenance and government paperwork. Orders placed after noon on December 23 will be held until the last shipment of the year on Wednesday, December 30. No shipments on December 31 or January 1 but normal thereafter.

2021 isn’t looking great in terms of the product pipeline. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if another closure is required on account of insufficient inventory. If you see something available that you plan to use in the next few months, the smart money is to snap it up. C’est la vie.

Here are a few snapshots of the last wheelset of 2020, built with Sapim Force spokes.

30 Nov 2020

A bit less black

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Here’s few shots of sweet wheelset built earlier this month. This theme of black hubs, black rims, silver spokes and silver nipples is a new trend. Historically I haven’t see a lot of it but lately it’s more popular. I dig it.