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Larry Lackapants
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I always try to see if the crossed spokes move if pressed against each other. 5 mm movement of the contact point alongside of one of the spokes would be fine for me.I weigh about 72 kg. I've also noticed that at about the same spoke tension, high profile rims tend to deliver a stiffer wheel with a very harsh ride compared to a box section rim - in completion of what was stated earlier about box section rims.
I've successfully used cheap rims to build quite durable weels and never needed a tension measuring device. But I guess I'd use one if building a wheel using some more expensive parts.

Edit: I'm talking about a 32 spoke wheel, and I can't be very exact about the force I am applying on the spokes when pressing them against each other. Press hard but soft enough for your fingers not to hurt :)
 
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