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Old 01-02-13, 06:48 AM
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Oh, with the platina touch-hole? It was sold when the Surprises arrived back in Pulo Prabang after their... difficulties, to pay for the outfitting of the officers. Dr Maturin always was as generous as any sailor, for all love!
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I am not in as serious a reading cycle as most seem to be, novels just have lost much interest for me so I am reading mainly bicycling related books and some English/Scottish history.

My latest is Jobst Brandt's wheel building book, "The Bicycle Wheel", 3rd Edition I know most of you read this way before I now, there was a thread here that got me back into this book, a very good, technical read, I like that. Now I am after a few other wheel building books I saw on Amazon, this week. I find myself returning to my engineering roots after a long time of series novels, burnout is the correct phrase. I have found both original editions as well as newer printings of some classic bicycle books I re-read and have for references since returning to bicycling.

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Another good read for age of sail (IMO) is the Alan Lewrie series by Dewey Lambdin. A bit "lighter" than O'Brian but very entertaining. Anyone remember the Flashman series?
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
I am not in as serious a reading cycle as most seem to be, novels just have lost much interest for me so I am reading mainly bicycling related books and some English/Scottish history.

My latest is Jobst Brandt's wheel building book, "The Bicycle Wheel", 3rd Edition I know most of you read this way before I now, there was a thread here that got me back into this book, a very good, technical read, I like that. Now I am after a few other wheel building books I saw on Amazon, this week. I find myself returning to my engineering roots after a long time of series novels, burnout is the correct phrase. I have found both original editions as well as newer printings of some classic bicycle books I re-read and have for references since returning to bicycling.

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Great Book, The Bicycle Wheel .
not so technical as to be discouraging ,
and written by someone with first-hand knowledge and expertise
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Old 01-02-13, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain Blight View Post
Oh, with the platina touch-hole? It was sold when the Surprises arrived back in Pulo Prabang after their... difficulties, to pay for the outfitting of the officers. Dr Maturin always was as generous as any sailor, for all love!
You've been sampling the port a bit heavy, haven't you now?

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My latest is Jobst Brandt's wheel building book, "The Bicycle Wheel"
SO here's a question. I raised this in a different thread but never got a consensus sort of answer. What does Mr. B. about this?

A traditional 36 spoke wheel has 9 groups of 4. (Well, you almost have to have groups of 4 because they are grouped with one leading and one trailing on each side of the hub, though you could go highly unconventional, I guess.) An odd number of groups means that if the valve stem is positioned properly between diverging spokes, the spokes on the label side will be converging, which means they pull the two sides of the seam together. I've heard it said that this is stronger, and the diverging spokes at the stem give you slightly easier access to it. Of course, I've seen both factory and shop-built wheels built "wrong" too.

With a newfangled 32-spoke wheel, you have only 8 groups. So whatever the spacing is at the valve will be replicated at the seam. If you set your key spoke so that they diverge at the valve stem they will also diverge at the seam. Good idea or bad? How were they done when the 32-spoke wheel came into being in the 80's? (I was too busy and too poor to notice then.)

I've strung my 32-spoke wheels this way and nothing has come apart yet. One could even argue that the air pressure in the tube pushes the seam together, not apart. But of course that makes the "pull the seam together" argument moot, doesn't it?

I asked this question in another thread and only one person answered. I'm just curious.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
I asked this question in another thread and only one person answered. I'm just curious.
If there is a second person who knows the definitive answer to this question, it's Jobst Brandt. But I don't remember him addressing it in his book, though it's been a long time since I read it and it's an older, 1st, edition. As far as I know, he knows the answer to everything.
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Just picked up a book I think will be interesting: "No Hands, The Rise and Fall of the Schwinn Bicycle Company", I'll have to see if it agrees with my opinion: profits bred complacency, failure to upgrade product (why bother when you are sold out), focused on the bottom end of the product line far too long, failed to update manufacturing processes + sudden influx of talented competitors = game over.
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
If there is a second person who knows the definitive answer to this question, it's Jobst Brandt. But I don't remember him addressing it in his book, though it's been a long time since I read it and it's an older, 1st, edition. As far as I know, he knows the answer to everything.
My copy is a third edition, I just read the chapter on the valve stem and spoke placement, and Like Rootboy, I cannot remember this being addressed. My memory is the second thing that has started to quit working so I will have to look this evening when I get home from work.

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I would imagine there is so much force from the other spokes between the two rim halves that it's a moot point. JB argues that there's no reason at all for pins or welding because of this.
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beyond my usual escapist entertainment, I recently read Born to run.....about barefoot running...sort of. I enjoyed it.

http://www.amazon.com/Born-Run-Hidde.../dp/0307279189
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beyond my usual escapist entertainment, I recently read Born to run.....about barefoot running...sort of. I enjoyed it.

http://www.amazon.com/Born-Run-Hidde.../dp/0307279189
I read the first half of that while camping with some friends, and really enjoyed it. I even went through a barefoot/minimalist phase for a while.
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I read the first half of that while camping with some friends, and really enjoyed it. I even went through a barefoot/minimalist phase for a while.
Yeah, I used to run quite a bit but now I prefer running just a minimal amount too.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Just picked up a book I think will be interesting: "No Hands, The Rise and Fall of the Schwinn Bicycle Company", I'll have to see if it agrees with my opinion: profits bred complacency, failure to upgrade product (why bother when you are sold out), focused on the bottom end of the product line far too long, failed to update manufacturing processes + sudden influx of talented competitors = game over.
Good book, but sad.
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I would imagine there is so much force from the other spokes between the two rim halves that it's a moot point. JB argues that there's no reason at all for pins or welding because of this.
This is Roger Musson's opinion. He says he cut a rim into several pieces; then laced it, and couldn't break it apart.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
This is Roger Musson's opinion. He says he cut a rim into several pieces; then laced it, and couldn't break it apart.
Thanks, everyone, for answering (and tolerating) this question. You may now return to the subject of this thread. Read any good books lately?
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Sure.

I've been on a Ryu Murakami kick lately. Not not be confused with Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the Shore/ Windup Bird Chronicle); they aren't related, but are contemporary & aware of each other. Ryu Murakami's a lot more vivid; 'In the Miso Soup' is one of the scariest things I've read in a while, and 'Greatest Hits of the Showa Era' is certainly one of the funniest (although it's REALLY dark humor).
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I read The Third Policeman and found it hilarious . All the policemen this fellow encounters are obsessed with bicycles . Don't read the foreword to the book, it gives too much away .
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I had to read it quick before I gave it to my daughter for Christmas.
heh. i'm glad others do this.

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since it rains so much in winter in seattle, i always pick up my finite math book from college. when i start, it feels like a reawakening of a whole hemisphere of the brain...

otherwise, i'm a bit in a rut. so i picked up steinbeck's 'winter of our discontent' again. it's short, and fits perfectly with the weather. his simple, flowing prose and story of america quickly remind me why i love the classic novel. and has me looking forward to the next one...
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Got Steinbeck's East of Eden for chrismas, along David Sedaris' Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Now halfway through the latter, and love every sentence of it.
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Re-readink Koko, excellent war novel. Will re-read The Fire Dream after that.
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That looks good. Going to have to pick up a copy.
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