Blog: 2016

01 Feb 2016

Easier, better wheels


I have over 15,000 spokes and nipples in the shop — that’s actual parts on hand. In addition I’m able to fabricate unlimited spoke lengths in house so it’s likely I can deliver what you need. Choosing spokes in 1 millimetre increments let’s you get closer to the ideal. Why accept less?

As a spoke customer there are good reasons to prefer my spokes compared to those from other dealers. You want your wheelbuild to sing? Start on the right foot by having all your spokes be exactly the same length. If all your spokes are the same length, they get identical treatment from your nipple driver. This gets you closer to even tension from the very beginning.

How do I do it? First I sell a brand of spokes that has good quality control. Industry standard, unfortunately, tolerates variation in spoke length. Second I check spokes as they’re entered into inventory. Third I fabricate a lot of spokes in house, which means recalibration for every order. Variation happens when batches are mixed so get a batch to yourself!

15 Jan 2016

Edit graph titles


The biggest problem I’ve had with spoke tension graphs is mixing them up when I have a handful to manage. To help I pushed an update allowing the page title to be changed — click or tap the title and edit as you wish. Titles are preserved when the graph is rendered for printing so you’re covered if you archive graphs using the print/print-to-file feature of your browser. If the printable reports don’t fit a single sheet of standard paper for your part of the world, please let me know.

Sharing update

Over the holidays I looked into developing a feature to publish graphs directly to Instagram. Unfortunately Instagram is a closed system and its owners ask you to develop features for demonstration prior to approval. Since they can withhold approval arbitrarily, it doesn’t feel worth the effort. Would publication to Facebook or Twitter be useful?