18 Jun 2002 mca   » (Journeyer)

(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 rant.)

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,
trued it,
rode it,
and almost all of the spokes went slack after about 20 miles.

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 effective.

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.

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