Fresh Baked Wheels
In another thread I mentioned I was building some new wheels and was asked by William Karstens a/k/a WiKa to report back on whether they were "bombproof." So here's my report, so far. The rear wheel has a Mavic CXP22 rim laced to a Surly "New" Hub with DT-Swiss Competition Double-Butted (2.0-1.8) spokes. Total cost for parts was roughly $90. Front wheel is the same rim/spoke combo laced to a Campy Veloce hub. Total cost was roughly $75. I am running Armadillo 700x23 tires. These wheels are on my everyday workhorse fixie that endures the daily abuse that DC streets offer up. Read: Potholes, broken glass, hypodermic needles, shell casings, etc. At 6'5", 200 lbs., and mashing a 45x16 gear combo, I also add my own special brand of punishment to the mix. So, all in all, "bombproofing" is a necessity.
Did a ride around the 'hood over the weekend and then rode in to work this morning. So far so good. Granted I am going from a really heavy front wheel and a POS rear wheel with a Suzue Basic hub, but the ride difference is remarkable. Felt really quick and responsive despite the constant headwind. Took a couple potholes just fine. Of course, the real test will be to see how they hold up after six months of this.
Last thing. I run a front brake and changing from 27" to 700c wheels was not a problem. I have old side-pull DiaCompe caliper brakes and had enough room to lower the pads down a couple mm. The pads fit on the new rims with room to spare.
[Editor's note: Hey look! I actually posted something on topic and bike specific. I think that meets my quota for the year. Sarcasm and clever repartee to follow....]