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  1. I did this about a month ago. I had serious...

    I did this about a month ago. I had serious reservations about the dial gauges; but have found that they cut truing time down to about 1/20 of what it was without the gauges. For lateral truing it...
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    1. more lower gears 2. lighter bike 3. ...

    1. more lower gears
    2. lighter bike
    3. readjust your layering so you can remove some outer layers when you overheat.
  3. Those seem like better components than I would...

    Those seem like better components than I would expect to find on a machine-built wheel. May I ask where you got them?
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    I read on one of these forums that the thing to...

    I read on one of these forums that the thing to do is put the TM-1 on a spoke, release the spring-loaded handle, and then tap sharply on the flat surface of the TM-1 with a fingertip a couple of...
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    This is an excellent, easy-to-understand...

    This is an excellent, easy-to-understand explanation. Thank you for the clarification!
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    Thanks, guys--I gather from the above posts that...

    Thanks, guys--I gather from the above posts that I could go either way without issue . . . uh . . . right?
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    Yet another spoke question

    OK, building a road wheelset for a guy 220 pounds, rides "heavy" a pedal masher, rough roads.*
    *Actually he's ridden an entry-level set of low-spoke-count Mavic wheels (Aksium??) for 4 years and...
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    Received the Chain-L this morning. Took one of...

    Received the Chain-L this morning. Took one of the small sample bottles and gave it to a guy I met for a consultation on a custom wheelbuild. He was so impressed with my good taste in using Chain-L...
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    Excellent advice--Unfortunately, though, people...

    Excellent advice--Unfortunately, though, people are kinda jaded since there are so many grifters using charity as a scam. One thing I would really like to stock is the Bike Peddler Take-a-Look...
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    I hear you! I'm just very fortunate that my...

    I hear you! I'm just very fortunate that my financial needs are met and I have a little left over to do this.
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    WHOA! What a nice gesture. I'm going to take you...

    WHOA! What a nice gesture. I'm going to take you up on it! The Foodbank people say every $10 donation makes it possible for them to provide 25 meals, so you just fed 250 people. Think about that...
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    I'm in the process of reinventing myself as the...

    I'm in the process of reinventing myself as the go-to wheel guy for Central Oahu and the North Shore. All profits are donations to the Hawaii Foodbank, which really needs the bucks as 1 family out...
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    yeah, the instructions sheets that came with my...

    yeah, the instructions sheets that came with my Hozan c-700 specifically say "applicable spokes--stainless steel and steel". But it's good to know what you mentioned in case somebody in the future...
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    Just finished up with Danscomp--they are making...

    Just finished up with Danscomp--they are making the order good with no questions asked and no expense to me. As I said to them:

    "Thank you. Your ordering system (for spokes at least) is a...
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    Huh, I'm confused, but that's nothing new. ...

    Huh, I'm confused, but that's nothing new. Hopefully I have a few years before I'll need to worry about a replacement.
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    I think they may have discontinued the "standard"...

    I think they may have discontinued the "standard" version you describe. The only replacement die they seem to make now is the C-706 for "stainless steel and steel". I looked on Amazon and on the...
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    The problem was they make you do it over the...

    The problem was they make you do it over the phone; and the counter guys really didn't know much about the Sapim spokes (their main deal is BMX) and so they kept switching me over to "the spoke guy"...
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    here's the email I sent them which explains all:...

    here's the email I sent them which explains all:

    Hi--

    It appears that there are a couple of mistakes in this order.

    Your note at the top of the order confirmation email:
    DansComp has...
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    I ordered from danscomp and saved money. ...

    I ordered from danscomp and saved money. However, upon receiving the order, there were 2 mistakes out of 7 items. Big hassles--the invoices are unintelligible gibberish--the verification email...
  20. Bartender--Duff for everyone--on me! 421680

    Bartender--Duff for everyone--on me!
    421680
  21. WOW! I didn't realize that I was trying to pass...

    WOW! I didn't realize that I was trying to pass myself off as an expert. I will be more careful how I phrase my opinions.

    What I was trying to say is that John Neugent, the author of the...
  22. You may wish to read the entire article linked by...

    You may wish to read the entire article linked by the OP--it's possible that the paragraph quoted by the OP, taken by itself, may not give an accurate overall picture of the author's expertise.
    ...
  23. Freehub Buddy looks like a useful tool that I...

    Freehub Buddy looks like a useful tool that I should get--only problem is they don't make them any more since Mr. Morningstar accidentally shotgunned himself with one of his own booby-traps. Anybody...
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    For somebody starting out, I recommend the...

    For somebody starting out, I recommend the following, which is what I used when I was starting out:
    TACX truing stand
    Minoura dishing tool
    Avenir spoke wrench set of 3 (looks just like the Park...
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    Wheelbuilding and working on existing wheels...

    Wheelbuilding and working on existing wheels requires concentration, patience, and dexterity. In your place I would go down to the Goodwill or Salvation Army thrift stores or local bike shops and...
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