I am contemplating building a Surly Big Dummy from a bare frame. I have all the skills to build it, and
have wrenched my own bikes (sans hydraulic brakes) for years. But I also haven't built anything from
scratch unless you include all the 'alley bikes' I used to build as a kid out of stuff tossed into the alleys
of the city. And that goes back a Loooooong way.
Anyway, as I start looking at wheelsets, I am just downright confused what I should look for -- there
are just so many choices of rims and hubs and all. Is there a quick online guide to explain the various
brands, model numbers of rims and what would build up nicely for a 'utility bike'? As the weather is
heading into sucky season, and I have time, I would like to make a challenge of doing a whole build off
Craigslist or ebay parts just for the heck of it.
Items of note would be 26", 7/8 speed hub & disk brakes. Beyond that?