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    Great Wheel Builders in the Washington DC Metro Area

    Hi

    Can anyone recommend a great wheelbuilder in the DC Metro Area - ideally MD or NoVa. I am looking to get some wheelsbuilt up from the high end vintage hubs and new rims and spokes etc.

    Also any idea on prices per hour for build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andiroo99 View Post
    Hi

    Can anyone recommend a great wheelbuilder in the DC Metro Area - ideally MD or NoVa. I am looking to get some wheelsbuilt up from the high end vintage hubs and new rims and spokes etc.

    Also any idea on prices per hour for build?

    Thanks

    Arb
    Two come to mind -- Matt Moore at Cyclelife in Georgetown has built me two sets, and has done a really nice job. I had a set made some time ago by Bill Mould at Spokes in Alexandria. Bill tends to make wheels to be bombproof, Matt was a little more focused on feel.

    Been a while since I looked at price. I think both are in the $80 per wheel range.
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    that price is about right, maybe a little on the high end. I just had my cheap Chinese clincher rims built up at Bicycle Pro Shop (Alexandria location) by Carl. He really knows what he's doing.
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    November is in Kensington, MD. I don't know for sure, but I'd imagine if you dropped off a set of hubs, they'd lace them up to rims for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbd View Post
    November is in Kensington, MD. I don't know for sure, but I'd imagine if you dropped off a set of hubs, they'd lace them up to rims for you.
    I kinda doubt it, since they stopped doing any custom builds (per their blog), but hey, give it a try, what do I know...
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    Bill Mould.
    I have a wheel of his, it's still just as true as when I got it(and I have hit quite a few potholes/gone off curbs.
    On pricing (from off his website)

    Q. How much does it cost for wheels?
    A. The cost is the price of the components plus the labor to build the wheels. The labor rate is $60 per wheel. The tuition in the wheel building school is $199 and you can have fun by building them yourself.
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    Travis Evans at Just Riding Along Bike Shop in Laytonsville, MD. Have him build you a set of "Rolling Blackouts"; straight butter and about as bomb-proof as they come.

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