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Old 05-27-09, 05:08 AM
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There are good wheels to be had at prices lower than you, or I, could buy the components for. But knowing how to true - preferably build - wheels is an invaluable talent that puts you into a true(!) and working knowledge of what is going on with this part of your bicycle. I suggest all cyclists learn this - no rush, but do try to get around to it.

As for a bike-shop building wheels for you, be very careful. A LBS built a wheel for me recently as I was on a tight schedule. If I didn't have a working knowledge of wheels - I might have ridden on the turkey they handed me. It was a disaster! Good think I knew what to look for.
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