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The vast, vast majority of bicycle wheels are machine built and have been for a couple decades.
This includes high end wheels. For a prominent example, watch the Santa Cruz Carbon Chameleon video linked above.
‘Hand built’ has been the accepted terminology for a wheel that is “assembled” from individual components for at least the twenty years I’ve worked in the bike industry.
Mining has an environmental cost as well. Are you riding bamboo rims? My point was that the environmental impact of a carbon rim is reduced the longer it’s in use. Yes, an aluminum rim can be recycled but how many aluminum rims = the impact of one carbon rim?
I’ve dropped hundreds of complete wheels off at the recycling depot in my time working on bikes because the hubs were blown and the rims weren’t worth building into a fresh wheel. Personally, I can’t think of the last time I blew up a hub and the rim was in such a condition that I’d consider using it for a fresh build.
Please check your tone. It’s unnecessary.
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