Trial use of the Fiberfix

If you cast your mind back to my previous article about Fiberfix, you will know that I bought two of these spokes to add to my touring toolbox.

Thinking about technical difficulties one can have on the open road, I realised that there is a difference to actually having a tool/spare and knowing how to use said tool/spare.  I would rather learn and practice how to use a fiberfix in the comfort of my garage than on the side of the road at night in the rain and wind.

fibrefixOnce you start to use one on a wheel you can get an appreciation of how ingenious they are.  I wrongly assumed that you fit the metal parts to the rim and then cinch down on the kevlar string until it’s tight and the wheel is sort of trued.  When in real life you fit the metal parts and use only 3-4 turns of the nipple, then pull the kevlar string tight, wind it through the cam system and then adjust the nipple spoke until good tension is had.

Anyhow enough of my jabbering, here are some youtube videos (actually mine this time).  Only 10 seconds long each one.

1. Before I removed a spoke.

2. wheel without a spoke.

3. Fiberfix fitted.

Another wheely good post or two

Built my 1st and 2nd wheel this week, primed myself by watching a few youtube videos, which when you don’t have the bits in front of you, you never notice errors or omissions in the videos until you are trying to do it step by step with the video.

Anyhow my wheels now consist of:

Mavic A119 700c 36H rims front and rear from Chain Reaction as well as a couple of Tioga tubes.
Shimano DH-3N72A dynamo (36h) hub for the front wheel came from Wiggle as did the
Schwalbe Marathon Green guard tyres 700 x 35 which for the tour I think I will probably buy some folding Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tyres in 40 mm, which weigh 300g less.

Spokes are DT Swiss Alpine III which I got at Rose Bikes.
Shimano 105 5700 rear hub 36H mated with a CS-HG50-8 speed cassette, these are also Wiggle purchases.

Yes I bought all my items from overseas otherwise I would still be saving up to purchase them locally.

I will buy some more nipples as I seem to have damaged a few of them with my cheapo spoke tool, but the wheels seem to have trued up ok today, although there is a little hop in height but no lateral runout.

Yup, I forgot to order any rim tape.


Building my first set of wheels.

Also in my latest Wiggle delivery was my Shimano 105 5700 rear hub and new cassette (HG50-8)13-14-15-17-19-21-23-26 and new chain Shimano 8 speed chain.

The Mavic A119 rims which I ordered from Chain Reaction has been sitting here for about two weeks, along with the new rubber to go on them. Schwalbe Greenguard 700c x 35 tyres.

Now my next step is to figure out the required spokes.  I visited Freespoke website and they have the hubs and rims already in their database but I double checked by watching a few youtube videos on measuring spoke length. Below are specs from Freespoke for my new wheels (front and back). 

rear rim

Mavic A119 700c, 29er rim

front rim

The rear wheel requires 294mm x 18 spokes and 292mm x 18 spokes.

The front wheel requires 288mm x 36 spokes.

Next task, research the best type of spokes for touring and buy some rim tape.