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    Wheelbuilding in Montreal

    Does anyone have any recommendations/ experience with shops in Montreal that offer wheelbuilding?
    I have a pair of hubs that I want built into wheels, and am a bit daunted by the number of LBS choices Montreal has to offer. I searched this forum and found a number of threads about bike shops in general, but not so much specifically about lacing wheels...

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    I live in Montreal and I've had wheels built at Martin Swiss, ABC Cycle and Rossi Cycle. All were very good but if I had to pick one it would be Martin Swiss.

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    OK, thanks so much for the rec. I'll give Martin Swiss a try.

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    Can't really comment on any of the current bike shops because I've laced up my own wheels since 1980 after a bad experience with Peel Cycle. But if I was to have a shop do it, the ones jimblairo suggested and Cycle Performance would be on my short list. Or you could learn to build your own wheels, here's a link that could get you started if your so inclined.
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    Thanks for the further input and the URL. I'd love to be able to build my own wheels, but would probably feel much better if I took a wheel-building class, if such things exist. Do you know of any in the MTL area?

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by etale View Post
    Thanks for the further input and the URL. I'd love to be able to build my own wheels, but would probably feel much better if I took a wheel-building class, if such things exist. Do you know of any in the MTL area?

    Thanks again!
    TechnoCycle, located on the Lachine Canal, offer a wheelbuilding class. Check out their web site:
    http://www.technocycle.ca/02_06.php

    Sorry, if the site is in French. I was not able to find the English URL.

    I took two courses from them and recommend them highly. All the instructors are pros that have worked for the big manufacturers at one time or another.

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    The late Sheldon Brown has a very good page on wheelbuilding. So good that I used it to build my own wheels... and eventually ended up translating his page in French.
    My 1st wheel took two evenings at roughly 1.5 hours each night; now I build and true in about 1.5-2 hours.

    BTW, my only "special" tool is a spoke wrench. I build the wheel on the bike and use a small screwdriver and brake pads as feelers. So far, all the wheels I have built since that first one in 2001 are still rolling and only one has been trued.

    Wheelbuilding page in English
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    Concordia University has a group called "Right to ride" and I believe that maintenence classes are held on Monday evenings. The guy who runs it is Robbin and he works at MEC Monday thru Wednesday. You could call him in the cycle dept at MEC.

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    Wonderful! Many thanks to all those who responded with the good suggestions. I guess I have an ambitious spring project now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimblairo View Post
    Concordia University has a group called "Right to ride" and I believe that maintenence classes are held on Monday evenings. The guy who runs it is Robbin and he works at MEC Monday thru Wednesday. You could call him in the cycle dept at MEC.
    I believe you are thinking of the "Right to Move". You can find them here: http://www.rtm-lvl.org/

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