Due to the cold weather even here in Houston last week I was riding my Giant carbon bike on my trainer when I noticed the tires were really worn and ready to be replaced. Normally that's no issue, but if I do that I will have three bikes with essentially new tires on them. I don't want to use new tires on the trainer, but won't have a choice. I have three pairs of wheels right now, but all are installed on bikes. No extras (in a manner of speaking).
What I do have though is a pile of ka-ka wheel parts. Well actually it is all really fine stuff, but it is just gathering dust. I have a nearly new pair of GP 4000Ss I have been saving since I sold the wheels they were on. So that takes care of the wheels for riding on the road.
I have had a Kinlin XR-200 32 hole rim listed on ebay for about a month with nary a nibble. So as soon as I got off the trainer, I ended the ebay listing. Then I searched the internet for a cheap rear hub. Found a Tiagra 4600 for $31 delivered (Amazon Prime 2-day no less). Next I dug through my hundred or so "spare" DT Revolution spokes for the needed sizes. The requirement was for 16-289 mm and 16-290 mm spokes. The largest I have is a bunch of 286s and 287s. No problem. I checked on the recent poster on the 41 who said that longer nipples don't allow one to use shorter spokes, and found he was wrong as far as DT 14 mm and 16 mm nipples are concerned. Tah dah! The DT 16 mm nipples take spokes about 3 mm shorter than the 12 mm nipples. I found the required nipples on a half-price sale for $0.15 each at Cambria. Unfortunately the shipping cost as much as the nipples, but for $12 altogether I got what I needed. A used Ritchey yellow rim tape is also waiting patiently in my junk bin to be installed. And lest I forget, I saved an old SRAM Red cassette that a new chain was skipping on in my most frequently used gears. Funny thing is I can use it on the trainer wheel without a problem, because I only ride the three or four largest cogs on the trainer due to the high resistance of the Nashbar fluid model I have. They are like new, having been hardly used at all on the road.
$43 new expense all in. I know it is easy to find serviceable wheels that cheap or cheaper at places like Nashbar, but what fun is that? It's like butchering a hog: nothing is wasted.
A couple hours after the missing parts arrive I will have my spare rear wheel to mount one of the nearly used up tires on. And I will have gotten rid of a lot of stuff I didn't know what to do with. I will also permanently install the heavy-duty trainer-specific skewer and not have to go back and forth between it and my regular road skewer any more. Cycling is a great sport, but I have to say it may be an even better hobby.