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    Yes, I deflated the tire before using the...

    Yes, I deflated the tire before using the tensionmeter. Okay, I'm going to try to rebuild it without unlacing the wheel. The only other explanation I can think of for the loosening of the spokes...
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    Bend in rim affecting spoke tension?

    Hey guys, this one's for the wheel gurus out there.

    So I learned how to build wheels this year and have a couple of sets under my belt now. Not to brag, but I wouldn't consider myself a novice...
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    Gotcha. Well time will tell if the seal redesign...

    Gotcha. Well time will tell if the seal redesign worked, though I've always had good experiences with Shimano BBs (at least compared to GXP). Thanks for the input.
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    How would that not matter? Smaller bearings mean...

    How would that not matter? Smaller bearings mean a shorter service life if I'm not mistaken. I'm really not interested in anything else when it comes to BBs. I installed the cups before I weighed...
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    New Shimano BB design

    Does anyone know if the bearings in the new(ish) Shimano 6800, 9000, XTR, etc. bottom brackets are smaller than the previous generations? I recently got my hands on the Dura Ace BB9000 and noticed a...
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    Thanks for all the replies guys. I tried 105/110...

    Thanks for all the replies guys. I tried 105/110 PSI F/R today, off from my usual 120/120. N. Jersey roads were poop to begin with but 4 snow storms (or 5? I stopped counting...) and all the plowing,...
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    Tire Pressure

    I know this issue has been talked to death but I want to hear some current viewpoints on the age old question of optimal tire pressure, optimal being lowest rolling resistance to a reasonable point...
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    Ah okay so it has more to do with tension...

    Ah okay so it has more to do with tension imbalance. I did happen upon an write up about lacing patterns that attempt to counteract tension imbalance without decreasing wheel stiffness. Author stated...
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    I must've missed this part. I think I understand....

    I must've missed this part. I think I understand. The bracing angle for the DS should be as wide as possible to preserve lateral stiffness of the wheel. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    Bob, just noticed...
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    That's interesting. Again, not an advanced wheel...

    That's interesting. Again, not an advanced wheel builder here so forgive my ignorance. I've heard of many ways to try to account for DS and NDS tension imbalance, but that's the first time I've heard...
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    +1 Radial lacing is probably moreso a way of...

    +1 Radial lacing is probably moreso a way of easing production and reducing production time, rather than something that offers any tangible benefits.
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    Don't get me wrong, I'd say that 95% of the...

    Don't get me wrong, I'd say that 95% of the people who've laced them up would say that they are fine rims. However, it's those 5% that have me worried. I've juggled with products like that in the...
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    I believe he means that 2x gives you spokes that...

    I believe he means that 2x gives you spokes that are the most tangent to the hub flange.

    Radial DS, 2x NDS? Are you sure you don't have this the other way around? Granted I'm not a wheel building...
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    Hahaha as a college student and racer, that one...

    Hahaha as a college student and racer, that one hit the nail right on the head. I have seen tactics in lower cat races, though not quite as well executed as those you see in pro tours, are usually...
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    This.

    This.
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    I'd like to thank you all for your input, I...

    I'd like to thank you all for your input, I appreciate it! This forum constantly amazes me with its wealth of knowledge.



    I indeed am not riding cobbles but thanks. The super low profile and...
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    Custom wheel set, suggestions?

    Hey guys, happy MLK day!

    So backstory: I'm a 150 lbs competitive rider and I bent the axle and put a hop in the rear wheel of my Vuelta Corsa SLRs, though I don't remember hitting a pothole or...
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    I agree, which is why I put "technically" in...

    I agree, which is why I put "technically" in there. A 0.21% increase in acceleration doesn't seems like much, and that's because it isn't much. Some would argue that over the course of a multi-day...
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    Also consider that the saved weight reduces the...

    Also consider that the saved weight reduces the rotational inertia of the wheels, theoretically allowing them to be easier to spin up. This is part of the reason why saving weight on your wheelset...
  20. tcs, thanks for the correction. That would...

    tcs, thanks for the correction. That would explain the lack of the sprocket spacer in the S2 hub. I will try to replace the stock sprocket dust cap with the steel dust cap and spacer as in the old...
  21. Sturmey Archer S2 Duomatic hub internals and insights. Pictures!

    So I finally got around to busting open my Sunrace Sturmey Archer S2 Duomatic kickshifting hub last night to convert it to an oil based lubrication system. I could hear an audible grinding noise...
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    Maybe Teflon tape around the plug, then press fit...

    Maybe Teflon tape around the plug, then press fit it into the crown? You could also try some sort of automotive gasket sealant, but it's hard to imagine pressurized air of any strength not finding...
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    Haha thanks. I'll just go ahead and use the...

    Haha thanks. I'll just go ahead and use the Finish Line Teflon grease then.

    Crisco, bad for your heart, worse for your hubs.
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    Tom, I usually only will travel to ride if there...

    Tom, I usually only will travel to ride if there is an occasion or I'm going mountain biking. Between the cost (marginal, though still more than free) and time spent traveling, it just isn't worth it...
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    Sturmey Archer Bearing Grease

    Howdy folks. I'm going to open up my Sturmey Archer S2 Kickback hub so I've been reading up on SA hub maintenance and overhauls. Many of the articles I've come across specifically mention the use of...
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