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Velocity, if not an entirely unsuitable product, is definitely unsuitable for any commuter build. Perhaps they hope you'll taco your wheel on a downhill before the spokes start pulling through. Perhaps the rim MUST have a high volume tire mounted to it instead of a 38mm tire. Whatever it is, i'm not using Velocity anymore.
At any rate, I pulled the chain, because it was gross. I verified no play in BB, and the BB bearings spinning very freely. They broke in nicely. Pedals have a tiny bit of play I could adjust out. I scrubbed the chain a bit in the parts washer, cleaned out the wash fluid in scalding water, then blew the water out with air. Chain was STILL gross, but not grinding anymore. Wear at replacement levels, but i'm not putting money into the bike because of the wheel.
Then, I put some oil in my hub through the shift port, like you do, except I put in "too much". I'd previously used Finish Line teflon grease on the ball ring bearings. The oil dissolved that grease, and now oil can flow out of the hub freely through the ball ring. It flushed a bunch of crap out, and the bike made less noise. I rode home, wrapping the ball ring in a paper towel over night. The ride apparently got the oil into places it needed to be, because the ride this morning was exceptionally smooth and quiet. Only the NIG pawls made audible ticking, and they're not well served by oil due to their short radius from the axle.
Ping is almost gone. It'll still come in occasionally when I put power to the left pedal. That it's just the left pedal would indicate some sort of frame/wheel flex issue. That it got better after a good cleaning and oiling of the drivetrain suggests it was a contamination issue. Hooray mixed signals. I'll pull down the hub at some point before retiring the wheel and see if my use of Finish Line resulted in excessive bearing wear. Otherwise, the pinging is just the wheel, which is already dead rolling.
Now at 6700 miles on the bike, and 2220 miles on the rebuilt wheel. Hub has 3446 miles.
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I just saw THE highball I'd build, and talked with the owner. He said it beats him up on the rooty pine sections of this course, but I just did them on an aluminum HT and it was LIGHTYEARS better with a tubeless setup.
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Hobbies are like clothes to me; they wear out, and I get some new ones, except I never really throw the old hobbies away, so the analogy breaks down. Right now, I cycle pretty extensively. Ok, rather a lot.
Five things I like almost as much as riding a bike:
1: Looking at my bikes.
2: Talking about my bikes.
3. Reading websites about bikes.
4. Thinking about what bike i'm going to buy or build next.
Some things i've previously enjoyed as much as biking: SCA heavy combat, amateur radio, video games, firearms.
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- Army Electronic Warfare SchoolSystems Integrator/Maintainer, 1999 - 2000
- Army Electronic Warfare SchoolHunter UAV Avionics/Power System Maintainer, 2002 - 2002
- Army Electronic Warfare SchoolShadow UAV Repairman, 2006 - 2006
- U.S. Army Leadership Development School at GrafenwöhrNCO Professional Development., 2005 - 2005
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