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    It ain't Tuesday, but this was too good to wait...

    I found my father now likes to place one of these on the truing stand, beneath the wheel, to provide a reflective surface:


    Of all the options available to him, I've no idea how or why he has found a banana optimal...
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    A jig is a tool , right?



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    This is the first version of my jig, designed to be easily mounted and dismounted in a curing oven and to hold alignment while the oven cycles over a temperature range of 100 degrees C.

    The dummy axles and slider are off my Alex Meade chainstay mitring jig. The tube holders were made for me by Todd Farr. I made the BB post by hand with a file from a chunk of 32 x 32 steel bar. The base sheets were laser cut and engraved locally. Most of the rest of it is 8020.

    There are several features that I will change on the next one, particularly the pivots for the tube holder arms. The offset design causes too many difficulties.



    Jig_Dial


    One thing with which I am happy is the angle adjustment design. The pin sets the base angle in integral degrees (only every second is marked to reduce visual clutter). The dial fills in the decimals.

    The pin is a length of M5 threaded rod in SS with part of the threads filled in with System 48 and a knurled M5 insert brazed onto the end as a handle. The wingnut serves to lock the arm in position and to hold it in plane with the angle sheet.
     

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    This little combo right here rocks big time. So simple, but so nice. The Wheel Fanatyk nipple shuffler and driver. I've tried a handful of different nipple drivers (for initial lacing) and this one is BY FAR the best. You can grab a nipple and get it on a spoke quickly and easily, and with only one hand. The driver has a 2degree taper on the end that gives a nice interference fit with the nipple. It holds on tight enough to pick up and thread the nipple onto a spoke, then it just pulls right out. No threads or mechanisms to deal with - push on, pull off. It speeds up the build process a good bit. A bit spendy with shipping (~$50), but highly recommend if you build a decent amount of wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kelly View Post
    A jig is a tool , right?
    I think this is technically a fixture, but we'll call it a tool too. Nice job. It's neat you can mount it in an oven.

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    Thanks Jonathan

    To be precise, I can't fit the jig in my oven until I rebuild the oven - dumbarse here made it too small.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgaddis View Post
    This little combo right here rocks big time. So simple, but so nice. The Wheel Fanatyk nipple shuffler and driver. I've tried a handful of different nipple drivers (for initial lacing) and this one is BY FAR the best. You can grab a nipple and get it on a spoke quickly and easily, and with only one hand. The driver has a 2degree taper on the end that gives a nice interference fit with the nipple. It holds on tight enough to pick up and thread the nipple onto a spoke, then it just pulls right out. No threads or mechanisms to deal with - push on, pull off. It speeds up the build process a good bit. A bit spendy with shipping (~$50), but highly recommend if you build a decent amount of wheels.

    The box is badass. Wish I could just buy that.

    I made this little thing after using the EVT version and thinking it was awesomely handy.

    spokehold.jpg
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kelly View Post
    A jig is a tool , right?



    Jig_Dial


    One thing with which I am happy is the angle adjustment design. The pin sets the base angle in integral degrees (only every second is marked to reduce visual clutter). The dial fills in the decimals.

    The pin is a length of M5 threaded rod in SS with part of the threads filled in with System 48 and a knurled M5 insert brazed onto the end as a handle. The wingnut serves to lock the arm in position and to hold it in plane with the angle sheet.
    That is extremely cool. Did you think up that adjuster design specifically for this? Simple and clever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kelly View Post
    A jig is a tool , right?
    ...
    One thing with which I am happy is the angle adjustment design. The pin sets the base angle in integral degrees (only every second is marked to reduce visual clutter). The dial fills in the decimals.

    The pin is a length of M5 threaded rod in SS with part of the threads filled in with System 48 and a knurled M5 insert brazed onto the end as a handle. The wingnut serves to lock the arm in position and to hold it in plane with the angle sheet.
    That is a very clever and neat solution
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey Borisch View Post
    Did you think up that adjuster design specifically for this? Simple and clever.
    Yep, I was originally going to use a vernier but I'm finding them harder to read as I get older.

    It would be cleverer if I'd got the other side of the disc engraved since it would then turn clockwise to increase the angle, as is the standard in the western world.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gattonero View Post
    That is a very clever and neat solution
    Thanks Andrea.

    BTW to all: once I've ironed the bugs out, I will offer this design as freeware to salonistas. I'll put the source files on a host somewhere, any salonista can download them and get the parts made locally.

    My local laser cutter only charged me $150 (material included). The other parts will cost you $400 or so.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kelly View Post
    Yep, I was originally going to use a vernier but I'm finding them harder to read as I get older. It would be cleverer if I'd got the other side of the disc engraved since it would then turn clockwise to increase the angle, as is the standard in the western world.
    snail cam they they are available pre indexed on their edge to lock em in place so many degrees equals so many mm of tanslation Then someone added teeth and a worm on their edge before toolmakers figured it was easier to just use afine thread into a brass pivot
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Mcdermid View Post
    snail cam they they are available pre indexed on their edge to lock em in place so many degrees equals so many mm of tanslation Then someone added teeth and a worm on their edge before toolmakers figured it was easier to just use afine thread into a brass pivot
    Mike

    Yes, I looked at those but they were either far more expensive (worm gear) or seemed a bit clunky (the threaded pivot needs a second sliding plate).

    This was the simplest and cheapest solution I could think of.

    BTW I'm not claiming it's original, almost nothing is.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kelly View Post
    Mike

    Yes, I looked at those but they were either far more expensive (worm gear) or seemed a bit clunky (the threaded pivot needs a second sliding plate).

    This was the simplest and cheapest solution I could think of.

    BTW I'm not claiming it's original, almost nothing is.
    Mark just wasnt sure if you knew you could buy em , might have made the job easier
     

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    After years of ghetto solutions decided to add a little bearing press, drifts and some extractors. Picked up the low end Wheels Manufacturing unit and a couple drifts. Figure I'll add drifts / extractors one at a time as needed for different hubs.

    Not too exciting, but home shop and all that.

    -Mark
     

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    one of the tools of the trade

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    delivered monday
     

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    Not really a "tool", but makes you look like one. LOL

    Pure PVC race mechanic cape, "Clement - Gruppo Pirelli" branded on the back (?). I guess its main use is to lose weight, see the 2nd picture I'm already suffering those 30 seconds I have it on
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    racecape1.jpg

    oh, man...
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    Must be a euro thing. I've been doing race work for 7 years now and have yet to see somebody wear something that silly.

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    In fact, this cape still has that distinctive smell of a PVC foil being left folded in a bag for 20 years...
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    Scored this monster over the weekend. Time to stop screwing around while I wait for my pile o craftsmen to build pressure again. It was getting to be a bit of a problem having two people in the shop.

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    "You cannot borrow this tool" --> Jason (Abbey Bike Tools Jason, not the other seventeen Jason's.....), how do normal people get one of those with the "hands off" logo?

    Scroll down a pic or two: Tour de France tech: Pro mechanics' tools | Cyclingnews.com
     

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