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Wheel building advice

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kris Fleming Aug 12, 2013. 8 Replies

I'm thinking of building up a cheap set of tubular wheels. Getting the parts isn't a problem, but I'm relatively uneducated when it comes to spoke lacing and what makes a good CX wheel. I'll be…Continue

Tags: tubular, Wheels

Carbon frames in the (Canadian) winter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arctic Hawk Nov 22, 2011. 7 Replies

Should I be prepping my new X-Fire for storage, or is it okay to still bring it out and ride it when it's cold (-20C or so) now and then? How does the cold affect the brittleness of carbon bikes? If…Continue

Tags: cold, carbon, winter

Races in the WV/MD/PA area?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Mayhew Nov 7, 2011. 8 Replies

I'm going to be visiting a friend down in WV, but she lives right along the border of WV, MD and PA. Are there any races within a few hours of there? Does anyone know where I'd even look to see about…Continue

Various bikes and parts for sale! (Brakes, powertap, rollers, cassettes, etc.)

Started this discussion. Last reply by VJ Goh Oct 31, 2011. 4 Replies

Okay, I went through my storage closet yesterday, and I've got a bunch of stuff to get rid of.If the item doesn't have a price beside it and just says '$offer', that means offer me what you think the…Continue

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Kris Fleming replied to VJ Goh's discussion Wheel building advice
"Here are my beauties.  Laced this weekend.  Took me 1.5 hrs tops.  They need to be brought up to tension, which will probably take me another few hours.  First true build for me (I've laced before, but never…"
Aug 12, 2013
Geoffrey Grosenbach replied to VJ Goh's discussion Wheel building advice
"I did a similar thing a few months ago and went 32/32 3-cross. I'm 74kg. I highly recommend learning to lace wheels. It's not that hard and it's a great feeling to know you built your own wheels. I had a local shop true and tension…"
Aug 11, 2013
VJ Goh replied to VJ Goh's discussion Wheel building advice
"This is all great stuff; thanks guys. I checked my other wheels, and my Eastons are 24fr/28bk and my Boyds are 20fr/24bk. I think I'll split the difference and go 24fr/28bk. I haven't had any trouble with keeping these wheels in true, and…"
Aug 9, 2013
Kris Fleming replied to VJ Goh's discussion Wheel building advice
"I guess I should have mentioned, despite being lighter than the OP, I am running 32 3x on pretty much every CX wheelset in the quiver.  So to Justin's point, going higher spoke count has very few drawbacks, especially if you prescribe to…"
Aug 8, 2013
BSUdude replied to VJ Goh's discussion Wheel building advice
"Hardly any downside to erring on the side of higher spoke count in cx. weight penalty is almost negligible, as is aerodynamics. I wouldn't build a rim 20 or 24 spokes for CX. I would probably go with 32 with 3x lacing, and I'm a fair bit…"
Aug 8, 2013
Kris Fleming replied to VJ Goh's discussion Wheel building advice
"You've got a few pounds on me, but not much.  I'd probably go 24f/28r as a nice race-able build.  32 would be even more robust.  It really depends on how hard you are on equipment and what your local courses are like.…"
Aug 7, 2013
VJ Goh posted a discussion

Wheel building advice

I'm thinking of building up a cheap set of tubular wheels. Getting the parts isn't a problem, but I'm relatively uneducated when it comes to spoke lacing and what makes a good CX wheel. I'll be having a pro do the actual building, but should I buy a 28 hole rim, or a 32, 24 or a 20?For reference, I'm about 80kg, and while I'd like a nice light set of wheels, I'm not going to fuss over a few grams here and there.(I'm going to use the 25mm wide kinlin rims and other parts available at…See More
Aug 7, 2013
VJ Goh replied to PATRICK ARMSTRONG's discussion Snow Tire Suggestions?
"Oh, interesting. What would make you give them 5 out of 5 stars, out of curiosity? Those are cheaper than my normal CX tyres, and with replaceable studs, it sounds like you can't go wrong."
Feb 11, 2012
VJ Goh replied to PATRICK ARMSTRONG's discussion Snow Tire Suggestions?
"I simply run an aggressive mud tyre in the winter. The (discontinued) green Michelin Mud tyres were awesome. This year, the Vittorias that I have seem to be working okay. Honestly, I used to run Ritchey Speedmax semi-slicks, and those worked…"
Jan 1, 2012
Arctic Hawk replied to VJ Goh's discussion Carbon frames in the (Canadian) winter
"Thanks!  "
Nov 22, 2011
VJ Goh replied to VJ Goh's discussion Carbon frames in the (Canadian) winter
"Engineering planes and space vehicles is a different thing than engineering bikes; one assumes they'd consider these temperature extremes while designing things like planes.   But Zinn's article definitely makes me feel better about…"
Nov 22, 2011
VJ Goh replied to VJ Goh's discussion Carbon frames in the (Canadian) winter
"Honestly, I'd get a junker CX frame for winter commuting. My X-Fire already has chips in the finish from normal training and racing; I think winter commuting would be murder. If you've already got a CX bike, use that for the commute and…"
Nov 22, 2011
VJ Goh replied to VJ Goh's discussion Carbon frames in the (Canadian) winter
"Everything becomes more brittle in the cold, even metals. I've also got a small worry about parts that are bonded and glue and expansion/contraction rates. If I bring a bike in from -20C and put some warm water on a part that's bonded with…"
Nov 22, 2011
Arctic Hawk replied to VJ Goh's discussion Carbon frames in the (Canadian) winter
"Further question.. has anyone bike-commuted all winter with a CF frame? I am curious as I am looking into buying an X-Fire"
Nov 22, 2011
David M replied to VJ Goh's discussion Carbon frames in the (Canadian) winter
"Why would it be a problem? I've never seen any evidence suggesting CF is weaker at cold temperatures."
Nov 22, 2011
VJ Goh posted a discussion

Carbon frames in the (Canadian) winter

Should I be prepping my new X-Fire for storage, or is it okay to still bring it out and ride it when it's cold (-20C or so) now and then? How does the cold affect the brittleness of carbon bikes? If I crash (always a possibility, in the snow) am I really screwed? When I bring it in afterwards and wash it, do I have to worry about the temperature difference between the water and the frame? I've got an Aluminum Crossbow that I can use, but it'd be nice to use my favourite bike when it gets all…See More
Nov 22, 2011

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Hometown:
Montreal? Edmonton? Singapore? Maybe all three.
About Me:
Secret Asian Man.
Cyclist at Large.
Dream Bike:
Colnago Prestige. With discs.
Favorite thing about cyclocross:
That you can hate it while you're doing it and love it when you're not.
How long have you been racing cyclocross?
~10 years
Racing category:
sandbagger

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At 7:55am on November 3, 2011, John Woods said…
VJ, sorry but I have to take back that the offer for the brakes. A coworker knew I was looking for some and just gave me his old set. Thanks for understanding and good luck selling!
 
 
 

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