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Old 11-01-23, 05:13 AM
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sweeks
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Bikes: Airborne "Carpe Diem", Motobecane "Mirage", Trek 6000, Strida 2, Dahon "Helios XL", Dahon "Mu XL", Tern "Verge S11i"

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Originally Posted by tFUnK
...I find it annoying fitting my pump chuck onto the valve...
Originally Posted by tFUnK
Nice wheels. Thanks for the inspiration.
Thanks. I enjoyed building them, and as an amateur bike mechanic I get a good deal of satisfaction out of riding on wheels I put together.
The valve thing is actually why I started doing this. I had worn out a rim and took the wheel to a (rather exclusive, I thought) bike shop. The re-built wheel was beautiful at first glance, but when I got it home (30 minute drive) and tried to put the tire on, I discovered that spokes were crossing over the valve. I *could* just get the pump on, but it was vexing. Back to the shop, where the owner told me the mechanic had quit and that I would have to pay for a re-do. I declined the offer, probably too politely, and never darkened the door of that shop again. But, in truth, the guy did me a favor, because I learned how to do it myself.
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