Blahg - Grant's Blog



Don’t be a naive knave—know your naves!

The first wheels were wood and had fixed axles. The second wheels were wood with independent axles, which stayed still while the wheel turned on it. It was a wood-on-wood rubbing arrangement, and this was before ball bearings, so the friction wore a bigger hold in the wheel, and soon after, the wheel worked worse.   So to lessen the wear and delay the bigger hole and the hell that followed, the wheel makers started making wheels with more wood around the axle-enclosing part, so the problems took longer to happen. The bulged area was a nave. More contact area on the axle meant less wear on it, and same thing for the hub. It had to increase friction, but...

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G's semi-pointless rambles with occasional commercial elements. Today's topic: NEW BLAHG Tues NOV 29--Tire size that ne'er was, carbon, shellac...

OUR NORMAL BLUG is still up, but sometimes there's stuff I have to say and it's not good to plug it in over the current BLUG, so now I've got my own, and it'll be spotty and more unplanned. This is one of those. -------- A couple of posts ago, in the one about John Black’s passing in which I mentioned that he and bro Tom at Velocity made an odd-sized rim for us…well, here it is, built into a wheel and shod with a 700x35 tire that I cut down and stitched up to fit the rim. You can see the front tire’s joint at about 9:08 if you look not even all that hard. The bike is a...

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