Monthly Archives: August 2008

building some wheels

I love to build wheels. It is pretty freaking easy. I always offer the service to people. Since I left the bike shops, I estimate that I have built 3 or 5 sets a year for people. Not nearly enough.

or, as I like to say, the book about how not to build a wheel.

or, as I like to say, the book about how not to build a wheel.

This is a great little book. It has been around for almost 30 years and yet is still relevant. It gives you the basics, and that is all you need. But what do I care? I just like to build them.

Right now Hammah is having some built. I have been messing around for weeks with them.  Spoke length calculation was eluding me.  That and it is hot in the shop.

I hope they work.

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used

shoes. sidi. they are still pretty comfy. a little drafty in the toebox area. seems a shame to let them go.

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beer me!

 

I requested that my Brother Walter in Missoula, MT send me a box of this stuff.  I have heard good things and need to try it out.

 

Lately, I have taken (as you may have noted earlier) a hankering to

 

for what reason?  I don’t know.  Seems more palatable when it is 105 at 5 in the afternoon I guess?  The only time I use it is on the ThnR’s.  I may have to go back to the flask for improved control though.

 

It may have to wait until it gets a bit cooler.

 

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tempo

It was not my first singlespeed.  It is my fist fixed gear bike.  It is like a 1985 steel framed pig that seems to take a lot of abuse.  craigslist hooked me up for 50 bucks.  Such a deal.  Add some wheels off of eBay and some parts around the shop and it turns out to ride real nice like.

 

 

a while ago, I built a one-off wheel with a TomiCog, an old Deore XT front disc hub, a wheelsmanufacturing solid axle

 

 

 

and the rim from the original rear wheel off ebay.  Super strong.

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The Thursday Night Ride

at the ready
at the ready

they are mostly every Thursday night.  The past couple have just been visited by me.  Rain.  Lots of it.  Seems like THnR’s this summer have been that way more often than not.  This month I have had to go through the Salsa several times to keep it going.  On it goes.

where am I?
where am I?
yes, I need those.
yes, I need those.

This past 8-14-08 THnR saw more of the same.  Very wet.  Very refreshing stuff.
always ready at this point
always ready at this point
beltch load
beltch load

I like the Thursday Night Rides.

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