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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:01 am 
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Spokes are silly money now compared to what they used to cost a few years ago

DT double butted spokes are now over £1 at RRP


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:06 am 
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wow, so much changes in 6 years. Maybe things are just different here in the Channel Islands, no VAT etc.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:17 am 
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The labour cost for bike shops does seem to have rocketed...when I worked in a shop we were no where near £30 an hour. I used to pay my local BMW specialist £45 an hour, which I think makes the bike shop charges look very high.

I've gradually bought most of the tools I need to avoid them...all except a wheel building jig.

Hopefully my new wheel will be here in the not too distant future so I can get back out on my bike.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:21 am 
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Luckily I owned all my tools so when I left the trade I didn't need to rely on the LBS.


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Andy R wrote:
Mindmap3 wrote:
I used to be able to build wheels when I worked in a shop but I haven't built one for years now.


I hadn't built a wheel in over forty years (my father showed me how when I was about 12) but it's a thing that you easily get back into.
It's a nice way to spend an hour or so on these dark, wet evenings - somewhere nice and warm, a glass of red wine and some Miles Davis.

It's what I'll be doing this evening, as my wife is out on a Christmas works do.


Perfect, sounds brilliant.
Seriously, wheelbuilding is NOT difficult, have a go, you'll be well satisfied at the result. I wouldn't buy new ready built wheels again :D


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Any idea where I can look for a good spoke length calculator please? Building up Hope Evo hubs with Sun-Ringle MTX33 rims.


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I use the Wheelpro one.


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Thank you :)


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I use this spoke calculator

http://lenni.info/edd/

It has a massive database of hubs & rims already in there.. If not, you can easily add them.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:23 pm 
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mrcpea wrote:
I use this spoke calculator

http://lenni.info/edd/

It has a massive database of hubs & rims already in there.. If not, you can easily add them.

Cheers

Rich


That's a good calculator. I use spocalc and just checked the measurements against my last build and they were identical.

I tend to build all my own wheels, just for convenience really. I'm not sure I save that much money, but it does allow me to select hub, rim and spokes to suit the use I am going to put the wheel to.

Contemplating some 29er wheels at present, which I guess will just be like 700c road wheels, but with beefy rims :wink:


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