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Old 07-01-21, 08:11 AM
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Recommend a wheel builder

I'm thinking of treating myself to a set of wood rimmed wheels for my mystery Italian frame... maybe a set from Ghisallo. i have the hubs in hand, so would be looking to ship my rims and hubs to someone in the Conus to build them for me. any recommendations? (and yes, i know the disadvantages of wood rims, flexy wheels, special brake pads, ect.. but it's going to be an easy riding sunday cruiser only...)

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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Diy
i've never built a wheel, and not sure if there are special issues with building with wood rims.
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Originally Posted by cocoabeachcrab View Post
i've never built a wheel, and not sure if there are special issues with building with wood rims.
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If you were planning to ship them anyway, send the rims and hubs to Yellow Jersey in Arlington WI. You won’t be disappointed, and building up wood rims won’t be a first for them.
Check out their website, yellow Jersey.org, most of their business is shipped to them. Like you, not interested in diy, would rather take my hubs and rims to some one who does it for a living.
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Originally Posted by tkamd73 View Post
If you were planning to ship them anyway, send the rims and hubs to Yellow Jersey in Arlington WI. You won’t be disappointed, and building up wood rims won’t be a first for them.
Check out their website, yellow Jersey.org, most of their business is shipped to them. Like you, not interested in diy, would rather take my hubs and rims to some one who does it for a living.
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thanks! i've dealt with them before.. great to work with!
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Bob Freeman (posts regularly on Classic Rendezvous) does plenty of vintage bike restorations and has built wooden wheels for a number of people. He could certainly do it.
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Make sure to post pictures here when you're done. Love to see what you get built up.
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Rob at https://www.psimet.com/ is an option. I have built wood wheels but it is a pita. Rob is faster and better than me and the cost is most reasonable.
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Rob at https://www.psimet.com/ is an option. I have built wood wheels but it is a pita. Rob is faster and better than me and the cost is most reasonable.
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
Make sure to post pictures here when you're done. Love to see what you get built up.
i will do that! i just need to determine wheel size for my frame before i order the rims .. i'm waiting to trial fit some wheels in order to figure out what brakes i'm going to use... this is a mystery frame so not sure if 27 inch or 700c will work best and i don't want to use center pulls, and the frame is currently in the "keepa you hands off" mode as the paint is drying (and my discipline at waiting is not all that good i must admit).
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Mike Varney of Black Mtn Cycles is an expert wheel builder: https://blackmtncycles.com/wheels/
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Originally Posted by onyerleft View Post
Every city with more than a few bike shops will have at least one bike mechanic who is more than capable of building great wheels. Not only that, but all wheels built by the thousands and thousands of skilled bike mechanics will be built to just about the same level of quality. Indisputable FACTS.
Sure, but if they're not experienced with wood rims, that list shrinks a LOT.
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Recommend a wheel builder? Me! I learned to do this years ago and have been getting better at it with every build. I cannot imagine the pain in the butt it would be, for me, to not know how to build and maintain my vintage wheels...
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Dave’s Wheels in AZ

Dave at Dave’s Wheels has built six sets of vintage wheels for me and they have always been perfect:
https://daves-wheels.com/
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Earle Young is my go to. I have built for myself but find sending things off to Earle and getting back a nice set of wheels rather satisfying.

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