I’ve spent most of the last three months breaking stuff, so I thought I’d try to buck that trend and make something instead.
One door closes, another opens. Or rather, my wallet opens. Out of it flew a murmuration of dollars that turned themselves into a rim, new brass nipples, a truing stand, a nipple driver and a tension meter. And Roger Musson’s wheel building book. (BikeHubStore.com was an awesome resource.)
They sat there for a month while I broke some more stuff and sucked at bike riding.
Yesterday I built the wheel. Did most of it with Behind the Barriers on in the backround, which was a mistake. Had to redo one side as I’d laced ‘em 4x, not three. It’s a visual thing, wheelbuilding. I did the rest of it listening to the Diane Rehm show gnarly death-metal. Once it was strung, it took a while to get the wheel dished and trued. Weirdly fun, having it come together with me at the controls.
I called it after two and a half hours, having gone as far as the pages I’d printed out. (I realized afterwards that I’d forgotten to print out a couple more about the final steps. I’ll give em a go later today.)
I’m prepared for this to go bad. It’s my first wheel. But I just put it on the rollers for a coupla minutes and it didn’t collapse! And giving it a quick spin afterward, it still seemed true.
So it has to be good, right?