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Well, the new wheel is on and I’m a lot happier. Short of being tied & soldered (which would have been slightly over the top?) this is a way more substantial and suitable set up for carrying extra weight.

Miche low flange 36h track hub laced up (by my long suffering friend Dave, I’m always finding extra work for him to do, on top of his actual job!) to a Mavic Open S.U.P CD rim. I’ve had this rim knocking about for the best part of ten years! I always intended to find a matching rim and build up a set of wheels for the road bike but have never managed to find one.

The true test will be tomorrow when I head out for work, but I’m sure, not only will the new wheel be nice and strong, it will probably be a little comfier over the terrible roads of Manchester!