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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 07-16-03, 01:05 AM   #1
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wheels....build or buy?

I am converting an old school 78 or 79 schwinn traveler III into a fixie...is it worth my time to build the fixed hub wheels from scratch or to buy pre-built ones that seem to be rather expensive for a beater of a bike?
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Old 07-16-03, 01:16 AM   #2
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i've never built a wheel, but i plan on trying soon... i figure it should be a fun learning experience... and even if i totally screw it up it shouldn;t cost me too much money to get someone else to fo it...
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Old 07-16-03, 01:47 AM   #3
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you could have a shop build wheels for you using the parts you want. it'll end up costing around $300-$600 depending on what parts you choose. it could concievably be less, say if you used surly hubs and cxp21 rims...but i'd say the base price for a wheelset that would last should be around $300. you'd be hard pressed to build new wheels for less, unless you have a magical bike part machine that makes parts out of thin air.

you don't, do you? cause i could use a few things...

wheel building is fun. read a few articles on it first and find someone who knows how to check your work as you go along. lacing it is the easy part, tensioning is where it gets tricky. but it's not as hard as everyone thinks it is, and like gally99 said, if you screw it up, you can get someone to fix0r it.
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Old 07-16-03, 03:21 AM   #4
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local shop charges $250 for miche primato hubs laced to velocity aero rims, handbuilt.
i have miche primatos laced to black open pros and i paid $280.
basically, it's the price of the hubs, rims and spokes, and $25-$30 labor per wheel.
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Old 07-16-03, 02:25 PM   #5
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www.airbomb.com Suzue track hubs set...$43.00

www.nashbar.com Mavic Ma3 road rim...2/$60.00

www.nashbar.com DT SS spokes..........80/$36.00

www.nashbar.com rim strips..................pr/$ 2.50

www.nashbar.com tubes.........................2/$ 8.00

www.nashbar.com tires..........................2/$20.00


total(w/o shipping)..................................... ~171.00

Labor(do-it-yourself-read Barnett's manual in Bicycle mechanics section for instructions).......................................priceless.
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Old 07-16-03, 02:35 PM   #6
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Cheapest pre-built fixed wheel pair I've seen so far is here: http://bikecult.com/works/parts.html

But don d. has posted a much better quality set-up.

One of the LBS's here, Urban Bikes has fixed and singlespeed wheelsets for cheap as well. If you can find a LBS that specializes in restoring or fixed/singlespeed bikes, they may be able to give you a good deal.
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Old 07-17-03, 06:52 AM   #7
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If you are a patient person who reads instructions before starting a task- then follows them closely- build your wheels . You'll enjoy it.

Otherwise........pay up!

(By the way, you'll need to factor in the price of building/buying borrowing a jig, spoke key, etc.......)

The difference between machine built and handbuilt wheels can be huge....this isn't to say you can't learn these skills
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Try Harris Cyclery. They have wheels at a good price.
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I just bought a rear from Harris, their cheapest is $110 (which I bought) and another 15 for the cassette cog and lock ring.
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Old 07-17-03, 01:45 PM   #10
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There is a seller on eBay who sells Quando hub/Alex rim wheels for $65 rear, $35 front. Search for "track bicycle" and you should see them. Very economy priced stuff but it seems about right for an old bike. If I was going to spend more on wheels I would be inclined to get other new stuff to match them, and you know where that leads.. ($$)

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