My Surly Marge Lite rim and ultralight Larry tires have arrived in Bozeman, according to the recipient. That part was easy. Tracking down a rear 32h disc hub, of any kind, is a lot more complicated. Bozeman has a half-dozen bike (and ski) shops, and none of them definitively have what I’m looking for. I’d expected this hub to be easy to find, even common, as it’s the bread and butter of the mountain bike world. One shop has two used Deore hubs with “loose axles”, which means I may or may not have a serviceable hub once the bearings are adjusted. I’ve found a shop with a spoke cutter, so that part is solved. Finally, I’m hoping to track down a truing stand for the finish work. I can lace the wheel in the park while sipping a cold beverage, but I’d like to bring this thing into the world in front of a proper truing stand considering what I’ve got planned for it. And as a small detail, the Surly 35mm axle spacer would be helpful for dialing in the dish of the wheel, but it’s not absolutely necessary.
These things are complicated while traveling, and ironically the weird snow bike with the offset frame and wheels has nothing to do with it. The most common part, a 32h hub, is the hardest to find. I’d hoped to spend my money locally and I’ve come across this problem before, but this is what happens sometimes when you rely on the LBS. I don’t want to hear “we can order it”. What’s the point of a physical shop that doesn’t stock bicycle parts? There is a strong argument for the sale of bicycle parts on the internet to able home mechanics.
Note: All the bike shops claim to sell “wheels”, but none stock hubs.
I’ve called a lot of shops today, but from my experience this is what you do sometimes:
Need use of truing stand… – $1 (Bozeman)
I’ve ridden from Anchorage, AK on a Surly Pugsley that was my transportation through the winter. Thus far I’ve mostly been riding paved and dirt roads and have used a medium-volume Schwalbe Big Apple tire. I’m passing through Bozeman this weekend and will be putting the big fat tires back on the bike as the rest of the summer will be on dirt roads and trails through WY, CO, UT and AZ. I’m also building a new rear wheel with a Surly Marge Lite rim, which is over a pound lighter than the current Large Marge and should add to the fun. As such, I need use of a truing stand for about an hour on Sat PM or anytime on Sunday. Anyone have a personal stand they’d be willing to share for a donation of beer or cash or fresh food? I’m aware of the Bike Kitchen, but their hours are limited. Thanks.
- Location: Bozeman
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I’m in Helena, MT and will check with local bike shops in the morning for a new 32h disc hub. Between the resources of ten shops in two cities and a persistent cyclist, a wheel will be built. Full fat, coming soon!