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Old 08-07-10, 04:26 PM   #1
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Saved by a Flat

Yesterday, I went out in the garage to do a ride, and my rear tire was flat. So, since I had to fix the flat anyway, I thought I would remove my commuter fenders as I will not be commuting to school for three weeks or so, and while I was at that thought I would go ahead and do a clean-up, degreasing, lube, and tune. When I looked at the rear rim, I noticed a 3-inch crack in the rim and a bit of a hole surronding one niple hole and annother smaller crack near on other hole. Oddly, the rim was still pretty true. anyway, I figure that the rim was near catistrosic failure, so the flat may have saved me. Off I went to the bike shop, a rim, 32 spokes, some handlbar tape rim tape and an innnertube richer, as well as $95 lighter in the wallet, I learned that I can still rebuild a damn fine wheel in less than an hour. Rode 40 mile on the new whell today, true and round after the ride as it was before the ride. Lat time I built a wheel was in 1978...I am pleased and proud that thats one skill that has not left me.
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Old 08-07-10, 04:57 PM   #2
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Sort of like - err . . . . riding a bicycle

Glad you found the problem. My last rim crack was found while riding, but I was close to the LBS.
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. . . . I learned that I can still rebuild a damn fine wheel in less than an hour. Rode 40 mile on the new whell today, true and round after the ride as it was before the ride. Lat time I built a wheel was in 1978...I am pleased and proud that thats one skill that has not left me.
Would you like some assistance finding a winter place in in beautiful southern Arizona?
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I learned that I can still rebuild a damn fine wheel in less than an hour. Rode 40 mile on the new whell today, true and round after the ride as it was before the ride. Lat time I built a wheel was in 1978...I am pleased and proud that thats one skill that has not left me.
You make it sound so easy. Did you have a shop or something?

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Old 08-08-10, 05:13 PM   #5
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Indeed - I want to learn how to build a wheel, I know it should be easy but as with most things - I have not had the time.
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I worked in a shop for a few years, and during that time I was pretty wellknow egionally as a very good wheel builder. In reality it was and is pretty easy to build wheels, paience is what is needed mostly.

BTW, My wifes great Aunt lives in Green valley, we have visited and I do really like it there. Auntie just had her 92 birthday, seems like Green Vally AZ has a pretty health climate.
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... I learned that I can still rebuild a damn fine wheel in less than an hour. Rode 40 mile on the new whell today, true and round after the ride as it was before the ride. Lat time I built a wheel was in 1978...I am pleased and proud that thats one skill that has not left me.
So, did you build the wheel with the crack in the rim? Maybe it was over-tensioned and that is why it only lasted 42 years.
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No That one did not last 42 years, It was a wheel that came on a bike I bought in 1999, It was spoked pretty tight bu not that bad. At 225 pounds I feel like I need a pretty highly tensioned wheel. It was a Mavic CP21 rim, fairly lightweight rim I believe, 32 spoke, no spoke hole reinforments.

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