April 06, 2017 1 Comment
Triumph of Collaboration
PBMA continues to gain members, supporters and influence. So great to see mechanics network like never before, debate important issues, and clearly begin to gain in stature and resources. Both the FB page and the organization are open for applications and eager to share the growing list of benefits.
Another great mechanic story hails from Rwanda where the National Cycling Center is taking shape.
Huge kudo's to mentor-in-chief, Jock Boyer, and a small army of selfless contributors. It's really looking good. Maybe you'll meet a traveling Rwandan National Team Member in the near future!
Trinkets are so rare in wheel building, unlike the riding, camping, fishing, photography, etc., worlds. It's great to find and share them and here are three worth checking.
Cyclus's best wrench is a unique cast, stainless steel key with 3-corner drive jaws for 3.25 and 3.45 square nipples. We offer this indestructible gem for $19.00.
Also from the Cyclus world is their excellent aero spoke holder. Featuring 6 blade thickness sizes (from o.8mm to 1.9mm), this easy to handle wrench will stop aero spokes from twisting as you build. It sells for $12.00.
Last and most unusual tool tidbit is Icetoolz nipple holder, designed for use with a drill. It's a thin spring steel sleeve that holds to the driver bit. At the end, the sleeve is slotted and shaped to grip a nipple while the driver head tightens it.
A special reward for those who persevered to the end of this post! Behold a solo builder on a Shanghai street with no apparent tool besides his spoke wrench. But wait, the hub is hanging from a red cord! When did you last lace a wheel with no support from below?
I've got my inspiration for April!
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November 02, 2021
That’s interesting – a hanging hub. I’ve got to think about that and maybe try it.