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Who To Buy From For Wheel Building Supplies(5 posts)

Who To Buy From For Wheel Building SuppliesWhoisJohnGalt
Dec 20, 2002 3:16 PM
I'd like to try building my own wheels but would like to know where everyone buys their components. I have the truing stand and dish tool already and have been truing my own wheels for a while now... Nashbar seems to have a good selection for example. Any better places for supplies and over the phone advice as well?
My LBS would rather sell me new wheels that they make rather than the components.

So, any good experiences out there? Favorites? I'm looking for the "call Joe at Acme Bike" or something similiar. Also, I'm not necessarily looking for the cheapest either.

re: Who To Buy From For Wheel Building Suppliesgtx
Dec 20, 2002 5:33 PM
I'd just go with Excel or Colorado Cyclist. Both have decent prices and customer service in my experience. Nashbar is probably fine, too. In terms of advice, I'd say figure out what you want in advance. For a first set of wheels (and general durablity) I'd say 14/15 spokes with brass nips laced 3x is the way to go. Tell the shop what hub, rim and spoke pattern you want and they can calculate the spoke length for you. I'd also recommend getting The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt--I think both shops carry it. Good luck and have fun!
re: try this guycyclopathic
Dec 20, 2002 9:03 PM

Mike is a nice guy (and sometimes hard to get hold of) so don't be disapointed if he doesn't reply next day. He sells Wheelsmith spokes which in 14/15 size I like more then DT; lighter and as strong.
re: Who To Buy From For Wheel Building Suppliesgybeho
Dec 21, 2002 4:08 AM
What ever you need, I've got or can get. Give me a call
Tandem Bike House
Merced, CA
Thanks for the info!...Gybeho, expect a call Monday...nmWhoisJohnGalt
Dec 22, 2002 6:10 AM