17 March 2011 - 10:24Wheels and Stuff
This weekend I got to build an interesting set of wheels for my fiend and singlespeed superstar, Jake Kirkpatrick. About a week prior, he had called me and asked me what my thoughts were on a certain build combo for his NAHBS award winning Black Sheep. Jake like his bikes a certain way, and he is always dead on with his choices, so I was pretty stoked to even have him consider me building his wheels. It might have has something to do with B29 superstar Emily talking him into it at SSAZ, but I am flattered nonetheless.
So here they are. Stan’s Crest rims, DT Centerlock hubs (singlespeed rear), DT Aeorlite spokes and alloy nipples. The lacing pattern and color combo was Jake’s idea, and I have to say these wheels are sharp. The total weight of the wheelset is 1480g, putting them firmly in the Ridiculite category.
photo cred: bikeportland.org
They will be going on this bike. What’s with the racks? Oh, I might have forgotten to mention that Jake is doing the Tour Divide this year. On an awesome, one of a kind, show winning Black Sheep frame, and my wheels. Awesome.
OK, now on to other stuff. Some of you may read Dicky’s blog. It is pretty amusing, so you should definitely check it out. However, I will tell you that he and I are shortly going to be in competition. You see, I too am going to be submitting my own entry into the Team Topeak-Ergon Training Camp contest. The winner will be treated to an all expenses paid trip to Sedona to have their ass handed to them by the likes of Jeff Kerkove, the O’Dea’s, Sonya Looney, Dave Weins and Yuki Ikeda. I am counting on everyone’s support on this one, as I think I should be the guy that goes. I will give you details on how you can help me when the video is ready. Dicky has a pretty good lead on me at the moment, but I think I have what it takes to secure the win.