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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 06-18-06, 11:18 AM   #1
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SF wheelbuilder suggestion?

A common theme that comes up in wheel-build threads is the importance of a quality wheel builder. The time has come to pimp my ride. So, SF kids, I ask your advice, who builds your wheels? Who's the best?
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Old 06-18-06, 11:28 AM   #2
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I've never been there but I've heard good things about Freewheel.
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Ever think about building your own?
If so, check out Bicycle Kitchen.
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Ever think about building your own?
If so, check out Bicycle Kitchen.
eventually. but for now, going the trusted wrench/shop route. ... thanks for the kitchen tip. i actually live nearby and have always wanted to volunteer, but sucky work hours limit my options.
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I build my own now, I'm still learning, so they may not be the best, but you have to start somewhere.
that said, I used to get mine built at American (when I lived in SF). They did a great job, nice tight tension and stayed true over a lot of miles and bumps. I've heard good things about Montano Velo in Oakland too, a lot of people I ride with have wheelbuilds from there, nice work.
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If you're gonna farm it out, go to Freewheel on Hayes. Check out their work here.
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damn those are some pretty wheels.
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I'm sure SF has some good wheelbuilders, but it really isn't that hard to do a very good job yourself.

http://sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html
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get ahold of john igei, he's on here and builds wheels on the side. and you get your wheels built by a pro skater!
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If you're willing to deal with someone across the bay I do lots of wheelbuilding in Oakland. PM if you're interested in details.
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Old 06-18-06, 07:43 PM   #11
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I'm sure SF has some good wheelbuilders, but it really isn't that hard to do a very good job yourself.

http://sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html
I just used Sheldon's writeup to build my first wheel (and first ever road wheel) in about eight years. Definitely easy enough to do by myself, with a borrowed truing stand of course.
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