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Old 06-02-13, 07:51 AM   #1
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Great Wheel Builders in the Washington DC Metro Area

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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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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

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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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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.
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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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