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  1. A new "cheap" option for those wanting a 650b bike!

    I just saw this one today. Straggler 650b | Bikes | Surly Bikes
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    I would recommend the Velocity A23, it is...

    I would recommend the Velocity A23, it is tubeless ready, reasonably light and very strong. I weigh 200lbs and have mountain biked on mine as well as them seeing my daily commute of dirt and failing...
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    Thanks, not gonna lie. Part of deciding where we...

    Thanks, not gonna lie. Part of deciding where we were moving to was scouting for a good commute!
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    I have carried many sets of wheels strapped to...

    I have carried many sets of wheels strapped to the back of my backpack before. It is surprisingly comfortable and easy.
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    I still say that Jamis you posted earlier is a...

    I still say that Jamis you posted earlier is a MUCH nicer bike for the money. Both of those bikes look to have a freewheel hub rather than a cassette hub which are much more likely to break axles. ...
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    That is a good idea, I will give it a shot!

    That is a good idea, I will give it a shot!
  7. I would start with checking for a bent derailleur...

    I would start with checking for a bent derailleur hanger, bent derailleur or low limit screw adjustments. That is the only reason I can think of these parts not working well together.
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    For degreaser I just use simple green or its...

    For degreaser I just use simple green or its generic equivalent and it has served me well for many years.

    For lubricant this can turn into a pretty heated debate with some but my only rule of...
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    Other than wheels that bike should be great for...

    Other than wheels that bike should be great for thousands of miles. Even though it is one of their low end groups Sora is still pretty solid stuff. I have seen Sora shifters go well over 10k miles...
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    If it is not sold jump on buying that Jamis, it...

    If it is not sold jump on buying that Jamis, it already has very nice wheels, should be a close fit and have nice components for the price. The only thing you may want to do is change the suspension...
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    Those wheels are not ideal for a heavier rider...

    Those wheels are not ideal for a heavier rider but to give them a fighting chance making sure they are properly tensioned and stress relieved is key. Did the mechanic actually put a gauge on the...
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    A cross bike is a great option if you want...

    A cross bike is a great option if you want versatility. With just changing tires it can be everything from a fast road bike, all day touring bike, gravel road explorer, or even handle some single...
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    I am head wheel builder for my company, I have...

    I am head wheel builder for my company, I have one other builder under me. We both spend probably 90% of the day in front of the stand building wheels unless we have some other project going on,...
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    Not sure what side of the bike industry you were...

    Not sure what side of the bike industry you were in but getting out of the retail side of things and in with a manufacturer was a night and day difference. Now it feels like a "real" job, pay is...
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    Sounds like you do better wheel work than your...

    Sounds like you do better wheel work than your LBS!

    Spoke length is not fun to figure out at first but once you find a calculator that you know well it helps a lot. Some always seem high, some...
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    Mini V brakes are the best investment I have made...

    Mini V brakes are the best investment I have made in my cross bike. I tend to mountain bike on it more than I should and fork chatter drives me crazy, this is where the Mini-V's are nice, super...
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    Congrats! It is always a great feeling riding...

    Congrats! It is always a great feeling riding wheels you built yourself and even more special when it is your first set!

    Nice selection of parts as well. Despite paying my bills with wheel...
  18. Congrats!

    Congrats!
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    I will second the opinion of just ride it. Keep...

    I will second the opinion of just ride it. Keep an eye on it for sure but I would likely forget about it in time. Even if it were to fail chances are it would not be catastrophic.
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    Where do you live? If a career in the bike...

    Where do you live?

    If a career in the bike industry is something you are interested in you can look at colleges in bike friendly cities, Minneapolis has a surprising number of big bike companies...
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    I can second how well the Aileron works with 23mm...

    I can second how well the Aileron works with 23mm wide tires. A co-worker built up a set for his road bike with 23's and they work fantastic.
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    Some good points above and a few other things to...

    Some good points above and a few other things to consider are how are you getting your parts? This is where working with a local shop could be a great help, especially if they will allow you to use...
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    Panaracer Gravel King 700x28: This tire has an...

    Panaracer Gravel King 700x28: This tire has an amazingly supple ride while still rolling well and is super tough. I am super excited about this one when I feel the need for skinny tires. Even...
  24. This is where experience can help a whole lot. ...

    This is where experience can help a whole lot. Some rims handle higher tensions than others. The Open Sport rim you have is generally pretty solid. In short each rim somewhere has a "max...
  25. He beat me to it. :thumb:

    He beat me to it. :thumb:
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