Blog: 2013

23 Jul 2013

How your wheels are shipped

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I ship wheels within Canada. In fact most wheels I build are shipped. Here’s a photo story about packing wheels so you can know what to expect. Wheels get a bad rap in the shipping department but actually wheels are pretty tough. If you think about forces a wheel experiences under your bike, shipping ought to be minor. At least when packed with care.

This was a job to replace mis-matched and damaged spokes with Sapim CX-Rays and red alloy nipples. Rebuilding rims is more challenging than building with new but it’s nice to get the most out of our gear. Like Bad Religion sings, “it’s never really what you own but what you threw away.”

These Stan’s Crest 29er rims push the envelope on weight. If you imagine a comparable XC wheelset using the same DT Swiss 240S hubs and CX-Ray spokes with ENVE carbon rims, that combination would actually weigh 5 grams more. ENVE rims are stronger and stiffer but in another league pricewise.

09 Jul 2013

Disc wheels with dynamo

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This recent build is one I can get behind. It’s based on Shimano XT disc hubs and burly H Plus Son Archetype rims. The front hub is the new Shimano XT dynamo. It produces enough juice to power bright lights or charge your USB electronics (cycle computer, GPS, smartphone, etc). I loathe batteries so this resonates with me. Great for commuting, brevet riding and cycle touring.

25 Jun 2013

Road tubeless conclusions

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If you follow my blog and/or Twitter you’ll know road tubeless has been on my mind this season. After a brief hiccup my feelings have clarified: road tubeless is a winner. With the conclusion out of the way I want to share a few unvarnished thoughts on the pros and cons as I see them. Read more →

17 Jun 2013

Spoke tension utility update

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This week I made a small change to my spoke tension utility just for Wheel Fanatyk users.

The scoop is you can enter deflection values in different units and the software will figure out what you mean. For example, you can enter the value 0.31 as zero-point-three-one or point-three-one or as three-one. Whether the units are millimetres or tenths or hundredths is now inferred and normalized for you. This is a time saver if your decimal key is far from the number row and, like me, you’re without a numeric keypad. It’s especially helpful if you’re entering data with one hand while holding the tensiometer in the other. Existing functionality is not affected so the change can’t hurt.

This is small update but saving a keystroke or two on every entry adds up to a cumulative savings. I hope wheelbuilders (who understand a lot of tiny operations add up to something remarkable) will appreciate the change. Making things better and continuous improvement are always on my mind. If you have any comments to share, please send a message. I know there are users as far away as America, Brazil, Britain and Japan. Your feedback influences future enhancements.