I just finished buying up the parts for my ghetto-aero wheelset. I was trying to spend as little money as practical, and still end up with a reasonable wheel. The proof will be in the pudding, but I thought I'd post my part choices, in case anyone else is looking for things to mate to their on-sale nashbar hubs.
http://www.Nashbar.com Track Hubs, front and rear, including 2 lockrings
- 45$ for the pair, 15% coupon basically means 'free shipping'.
Vuelta Airline 2 (http://www.vueltausa.com) deep aero rims from eBay (seller 2wheels777 has many sets on buy-it-now, such as this one: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...161924072&rd=1 ). They are 30mm deep V double wall rims with machined sidewalls, 13mm wide. Seems like a nice aero rim for the price.
- 40$ for the pair, plus 14$ shipping.
Wheelsmith 14g straight spokes and nipples, .32$ each from http://www.oddsandendos.com - That was the cheapest I could find for decent spokes in reasonable quantities. Some were cheaper, but then you find they don't include the nipples! oddsandendos will actually include aluminum nipples at the .32 price as well, though I still stuck with brass.
- 22$ for two 32h wheels, plus 6$ shipping
Total? 117$ including shipping costs, for what should be a pretty dandy set of aero wheels. If you increased spoke cost to .59$, you could even get bladed spokes, which are of dubious effectiveness in terms of aerodynamics, but are easy to build with (you can visually eliminate twist), and look cool. Time will tell if these Vuelta rims, which are half the cost of Deep-Vs, are good rims. They don't seem common in the US at all, but what little I've read about them seems favorable.
Anyway, that was the result of my trying to build up a cheap but good set of wheels. I'll post pictures and information about the final product as soon as they are all put together and riding.