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Rethinking the Brand

Posted by Jerry Chabot on

The world of bike wheels has changed quite a lot in the last 5 years. In 2015, disc wheels were just hitting prime time and, come cyclocross season, the demand had outstripped capacity as the OEMs were barely able to get wheel stock for their bikes, leaving little left for the aftermarket.

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Tubeless Setup Issues - Slow Leaks

Posted by Jerry Chabot on

I get a lot of questions from customers a year down the road from a wheel purchase looking for help setting up a fresh pair of tubeless tires. There are many MANY misconceptions about what is happening with your wheel and tire when you are faced with a troublesome slow leaker or struggling to get a new tire set up. I am going to limit this particular discussion to getting consistent pressure to hold, as opposed to mounting tires. That is a whole other discussion. So I get a call from someone saying my new tire sets up but won't...

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I like cats (and wheel building)

Posted by Jerry Chabot on

These are stressful times with COVID-19 concerns and all. When I get stressed, I like to think about my cat, Pumpkin. He is my wheel building assistant. I thought I would share some photos of Pumpkin for everyone, interspersed with some thoughts on wheel building and what defines a NEXT wheel, in my estimation. I posted this as a series on my Instagram account @NEXTcycling and you can visit that series and other musings by following the hashtag #builtbyJerry. Cat Photo 1: What is not good? It's pretty easy to get a wheel round and true. Given enough time and a...

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New Decade, New Wheels, New BLOG! Introducing The MIDL

Posted by Jerry Chabot on

Road disc bikes are getting larger tire clearance and great all around usefulness while retaining a race oriented geometry. Gravel bikes are getting more race oriented geometry as the gravel racing scene grows. 

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They are DIRT roads, don't @ me

Posted by Jerry Chabot on

When I was growing up we called unpaved roads dirt roads. I still call them dirt roads. No pavement on it? That is a dirt road. Northern New Hampshire lingo, what can I say. 

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