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  1. The most I have ever done is turn off a head/tail...

    The most I have ever done is turn off a head/tail light that was left on while the bike was locked to a rack. I know some might not even like this but I personally would be very thankful for it and...
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    Oh man, that sucks to hear. He was a great guy...

    Oh man, that sucks to hear. He was a great guy and an inspiration.
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    FB gives some good advise, I personally like them...

    FB gives some good advise, I personally like them as a final check as well. To second his claims, it is extremely uncommon for me to have to do much to adjust for tension balance. Chances are if...
  4. There is some truth here for sure but I will say...

    There is some truth here for sure but I will say the most valuable skill I have learned when it comes to turning wrenches is expectation management, a skill almost more important than the actual work...
  5. Keep in mind, English is probably their second...

    Keep in mind, English is probably their second language and there is a chance they got confused by what you were asking.

    You can try skype or send another email back being more direct. I have...
  6. I vote for a much simpler approach. I have built...

    I vote for a much simpler approach. I have built a bunch of rims that came from light bicycle and never had issues with any spokes ever coming loose or wheels not holding true. I did notice in...
  7. While this spoke selection could make for a very...

    While this spoke selection could make for a very good combo, remember the most important part to a wheel that lasts for tens of thousands of miles is to make sure it is built with sufficient and even...
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    Probably your most affordable option would be to...

    Probably your most affordable option would be to find a bike shop with people who are competent wheel builders and have them relace your old hub (if in good shape and not a freewheel hub) to a rim...
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    Personally I would not worry too much about it...

    Personally I would not worry too much about it but I would ask if you made sure to switch to brake pads designed for carbon rims? That is a must when changing from carbon rims.
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    A friend of mine used to ride a tandem to the bar...

    A friend of mine used to ride a tandem to the bar and try to pick up girls on it. It actually worked a couple times....
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    Good to hear the Bluto has handled fat tandem...

    Good to hear the Bluto has handled fat tandem use! I just built a set of wheels for a Calfee fat tandem for a customer but the bike is not together yet and I was curious how the fork would handle...
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    It is an amazing thing! If you don't have anti...

    It is an amazing thing! If you don't have anti seize a good waterproof grease works well too. Anti seize seems to hold up to nasty weather and mag/chloride a bit better to make truing wheels easier...
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    He speaks the truth, the only time a wheel should...

    He speaks the truth, the only time a wheel should loose any tension after being built is from mounting the tire on some rims and not even all rims do this. If you build a wheel to 120kgf, it should...
  14. Boutique parts like a Chris King hub usually do...

    Boutique parts like a Chris King hub usually do not have very good margins despite how expensive they are and they also usually have minimum sale prices to keep the value of the product up along with...
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    I don't like using much water to clean my bike...

    I don't like using much water to clean my bike and other than cleaning the important bits like rims/chain/pulleys/pivots I really do not clean my bike often, maybe once every 3-4 months even though...
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    Not the best pic but I had this bag custom made...

    Not the best pic but I had this bag custom made by Tupper Becker (Becker Bike bags and custom gear!) and really love it. My knees will occasionally brush the bag but I got used to that very quickly....
  17. Great rims! I have owned two sets and they have...

    Great rims! I have owned two sets and they have both been trouble free despite a lot of time on dirt. It is my go to rim for people looking for a nice set of road/cross wheels.
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    Sounds like you would be happiest with a custom...

    Sounds like you would be happiest with a custom build. Most 650 bikes that can take a 2.25" tire are going to have more of a mountain geometry.

    I am fairly picky about geometry as well and the...
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    30 mins is actually pretty easy if you build a...

    30 mins is actually pretty easy if you build a lot of wheels on a very regular basis. If I do not have side projects, I average around 10 wheels a day but can easily hit 14 or so in an 8hr if there...
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    Mine lives in the garage where it is fine to drip...

    Mine lives in the garage where it is fine to drip dry. I do make it a point to wipe down and lube the chain after any very wet ride to prevent rust. Other than that I don't do much as far as...
  21. Yep! At the very least it gives me more warm...

    Yep! At the very least it gives me more warm fuzzies with each wheel build! I always liked comparing it to pulling on a rope vs throwing the rope over your shoulder to pull but I won't lose sleep...
  22. For what it is worth, I think most of which way...

    For what it is worth, I think most of which way to lace depends on tradition much more than anything.

    I have talked with engineers at wheel manufacturers who have actually done a fair amount of...
  23. I personally would suggest starting out at 7psi...

    I personally would suggest starting out at 7psi for 4" tires and 6psi for 5" and adjust from there. Rider preference and snow conditions can make the ideal pressure change significantly. Even with...
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    Not sure why you have to stick with 24 hole rims,...

    Not sure why you have to stick with 24 hole rims, that is a pretty rare option in the mountain bike world anyways.

    If you are mostly using this for commuting, there are much cheaper ways to get a...
  25. Thread: Iditarod

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    It looked like it was going to be a mess but the...

    It looked like it was going to be a mess but the course ended up being super fast (although slick with a lot of ice, most racers had studs) and the record was crushed by John Lackey with a time of 1...
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