Last modified: June 17, 2009

Mike Carney, Tied and Soldered Wheels, and a Race

Hola Amigos,

It's been a while since I rapped at ya.  I proudly present another mixed bag of bicycle stuff for your perusal.

First up here are some shots of the workhorse of the All-City stable, Mike Carney's, Volume Cutter.

putting in work click for video

Frame: 56 cm Volume Cutter
Fork: DMR Trailblade
Wheels: All-City Pewter Front to Velocity Blunt 650b rim, 700c rear
Cranks: AC 612 Track
Clips: AC sample orange Classic Plastics
Straps: AC double straps
Grips: AC Star Track


All-City is a proud sponsor of the film Trafik and they are involved in a race this weekend, coincidentally titled the All City Race 3

And finally some news about wheels. 

As you may or may not know, I am a huge advocate of tied and soldered wheels.  I ride them on my fixies, my mountain bike, and my road bike.  In my opinion they lend toughness and strength to a wheel that simply cannot be duplicated using any other method.  A while back we sent Sam Miller a set of 36 hole tied and soldered wheels and he obtained a set of 48h wheels as well.  According to Sam the 48's died the first week, while the 36h t-n-s wheels are still going strong.  The point is that there's a lot more to building a durable wheel than just spoke count.

Anyway, the point I'm trying to make here is that tied and soldered wheels are the bomb if you're an abusive rider, however the one drawback is that the spokes can't be re-used according to popular thought.  A few months back I trashed my Pro Max to Fusion rear wheel and I was bummed because I was going to have to buy new spokes to rebuild it.  Then a light went off, and I realized that it didn't need to be rebuilt, it only required a rim swap.  Well I called on the boys over at Handspun and my home slice Anthony whipped it up lickety split.  No one over there had ever done a t-n-s rim swap, but according to him it was no problem.  So there you go, one more negative of tied and soldered has been laid to rest.  If you don't believe me, try some for yourself.  It's a whole different ballgame.

Oh yeah, one other thing about Handspun.

They're now building our hubs to black and pink checkers. 

Only available through them.

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