One thing I really enjoy about building wheels is listening to the spokes as they come into tension and into tune. From the dull “dunk” after lacing to the higher pitched “ting!” it’s a pleasing transformation, especially as I am a rather musical fellow (I am very precise when tuning my guitar, I can’t stand to have it out of tune). I remember my friend’s dad telling me he had built a couple of wheels and stopped adding tension when the spokes reached a healthy C#. Not the most precise method but a lot cheaper than a spoke tension meter.
Starting a company is a rather large undertaking; if only I had fully understood that a month ago. Working seven days a week is pretty damn tiring no matter how much coffee I drink. The interesting thing is though, I would do it all again. As has been said before, we do not do things because they are easy but because they are hard and that, like most things, makes me think about cycling. More specifically as to how cycling mirrors life in a giant metaphor.
This blog contains the writings of NTWS’s chief wheel-builder Noah Smith, who also happens to be our chief of rambling-on, chief of pontificating and chief geek. The points he tries to make always come back round on themselves, kind of like wheels