Saturday, June 11, 2011

Steppin' out.

My bread and butter has been 29" wheelbuilds for the past 7 years. 9.8 out of 10 builds that go out the door are for big wheeled bikes.

99.9% of the remaining builds are 26" wheels, usually for longtime customers that are having wheels built for a spouse or a kid.

.01% would then fall into the 'other' category. I can count on one hand how many non-26" or 29" wheels I've built, ever. Not many!

But then Jabroni blindsided me yesterday with a request that definitely fell outside of normal parameters. He's building a kick bike for Jabroni Jr., and because Jabroni Sr. is who he is, he can't just spend a hundred bucks and call it good. Nevermind that the kid would have just as much fun with a ball of dough or a cardboard box!

But Big J asked in just the right way, so I was happy to help out.

Start with a pile o' parts:

String 'em:

Tighten 'em down:

The feeler gauges on the truing stand wouldn't reach, the spoke length was too short for the tensio to fit, and the dishing tool was about a foot too long to tell me anything. So I improvised with a zip tie and some guesstimation.

Let 'em cure overnight with the big kid wheels:

Then headed out on a special delivery mission this AM:

Proud Papa:

BAMF glam shot:

Jr. was napping when the delivery happened, so no action shots just yet...

Fun to step outside of the box for a bit. Always good to get the perspective looking back in.

Thanks fer checkin' in.