Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Southampton, UK
Bikes: Gazelle Trim Trophy, EG Bates Track Bike, HR Bates Cantiflex bike, Nigel Dean fixed gear conversion, Raleigh Royal, Falcon Westminster.
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Upgrading R20 to Nexus 8?
The eagle eyed amongst you might have spotted a passing reference to some slop in the cranks on my R20 the other day. So, today I spent a while messing about with cotters and replacement crank arms, and dialled all of that out, and whilst I was at it, sorted out the tendency of the chain guard to catch the cranks slightly. I was very happy with my newly sorted out 20 til I noticed a spoke gone on the rear wheel.
Now, here's the quandary. I don't have any wheel building skills, so unlike almost any other problem, this is an "off to the LBS" job. So what I'm wondering is, maybe it's time I learnt to build wheels, and improved my bike at the same time. I probably have a set of BMX rims laying around (or at least, ready to be cut from donor wheels), and I could pick up a Nexus 8 for about £110 off the web, or maybe £75 from eBay, but what am I likely to spend in spokes, should I be buying a wheel building stand to do this, and most of all, are there any obstacles to Nexus 8-ing an R20?