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    Banned. Mr. Beanz's Avatar
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    Old Parts, 15 Bucks and Bike is Back on the Road

    Another reason why I think all us big guys should handle our own wheels and repairs. Especially us Poor Folk! Well, the V on my Lemond finally wore about after 20,000 happy miles. Opened my closet of stuff and found a rim, Mavic CXP30 which is 30mm high like the V. Only 28 hole but heck, like new. I kept it for emergencies. I also have an Ultegra 600 28 spoke hub, like new but maybe 10 years old. I don't really care for 28 hole wheels but until I pick up another V, I'll make due with this one. 20,000 on the V so if I get 10 out of this one, I'll be happy as it's on my beater bike anyways!

    I go to the shop and ask my bid for spokes. He says,"I'll give you a good deal. I get the spokes and nips for $15! Can't beat that! So I go home, set up my cheapo bag of magic tricks and in a couple of hours VOILA! A wheel!

    Like new old stuff, $15 and I'm on the road again!

    Hey, what do you want for 15 bucks?


    Lacing the sucker, look like it'll hold?

    My fancy tool set up!

    Just like Sheldon said, drive side trailing spokes on the inside of the hub flange for support!

    Took it out for a 30 miler today. A little climbing test and the sucker is fine!

    Well the letters match. Not a perfect match and it aint real purty, but neither am I!

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    mucho excellente!

    i love fixing schtuff... a Park tension meter (TM-1) has been one of my good friends over the last 15,000 miles:

    wheel truing made easy!

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    Banned. Mr. Beanz's Avatar
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    I was going to buy a tensionmeter but my friend (that works at a bike shop) talked me out of it!...What little help I need, he does as I've followed him as he moves shop. Only stuff I don't have tools for like BB. Been friends for 13 years, since I started riding.

    As far as tension, I compare to another wheel with the plucking method. I retension after a couple humred miles then take it to my bud. He checks the tension on the meter. I haven't been off yet.

    20,000 miles on the last wheel and not cause the spokes failed. Worn braking surface.

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