Now that the weather is starting to get colder (=less time spent riding), I'm starting to get a hankering to build up my first wheel. Right now, I only plan to build a rear wheel to use as a spare for the trainer... if I ever have a need for a spare front wheel, I look at building that up then. Anyway, while I'm planning on using it for the trainer, this wheel could conceivably be used out on the road in the future, so I want to make it out of pretty good parts.
I picked up The Art of Wheelbuilding, did a bit of reading, and I'm getting ready to start ordering parts. So, here are my thoughts. After reading the positive input about the Open Pro/Ultegra combo, the wheel will use an Open Pro rim with a 6600 rear hub (52 bucks at Nashbar right now... seems like a good deal). From the reading I've been doing, 32 spoke, 3x pattern seems like a solid choice (I weigh 165 lbs), but not too complicated for a beginner. Right now I'm planning on using 14/15/14 DT Competition spokes.
Here's my question. Spocalc lists the 6500 rear hub in the database, but not the 6600. As far as you guys know, are the dimensions on the 6600 identical to the 6500? This would be helpful to know when I'm looking at ordering spokes....
Other than that, any words of wisdom for my wheel building experience?