(This, like yesterday's diary, is yesterdays. There should
be a checkbox for "it's just gone midnight", and
there should be <small> tags for silly comments.
Unfortunately today I seem to be about to have a little
I'm a "software engineer" not a wheel builder,
FFS. It's a very nice wheel (28 DBSS spokes, Ultegra hub,
Mavic CXP33 aero rim (-8). But it isn't round, flat
or in the middle of the bike.
Long story involving dented rim (how? FIIK), shot
hub and "please wait two weeks for the hub" -
thanks Craig for the lend of the crusty bike!
I built it,
and almost all of the spokes went slack after about 20
So I cleaned the grease off (yes I know that
now), applied some blue nut locking
compound and trued it again. Of course that takes me about
two hours, so the nutlock has long set and isn't terribly
Apparently I didn't do a very good job of cleaning the
grease off either, 'cos it's gone slack again.
Bike shop couldn't do it today. I tightened it to wobble
less and rode to work... it remains to be seen whether I
woos out and get someone else to do it, or strip the whole
thing down and start again again again.
...makes me wonder what's in store for the front wheel I did
a couple of months ago. That has done many miles already and
only needed the tiniest tweak after settling. The benefit of
radial spoking, perhaps? Black art, this.