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Old 07-15-14, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by howellhandmade View Post
How many bike shops are there in your area? Maybe go around and tell each owner/manager that you really like building wheels and would like to pick up any extra work they need to have done. You'd have to prove that you can be trusted, but if you do great work and are reliable and reasonable, you may be able to establish a local reputation and build from there.

This is probably the best route starting out. The shop supplies the parts, and you build wheels on piecework providing only the labor. Many shops have mechanics working at capacity, so they're willing to farm out this to a reliable subcontractor.

Another advantage of this method is you're operating under the shop's name and umbrella, and so insulated from things like product liability claims. As you build skill and something of a local reputation, you can then look for some more upscale build work, either for pro shops or directly on your own.
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