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Looking for an excellant wheel builder in L.A. area.(6 posts)

Looking for an excellant wheel builder in L.A. area.Ambishawn
Feb 12, 2003 8:57 PM
I'm getting My new road bike together and desided to go with a good traditional style wheel set. I realize that the person building the wheels can turn good rims/hubs/spokes/nipples into weak soon out of true and even noisey wheels. Yeah you don't have to say it, "if you hear noise your in trouble". I've desided to go this route over the prebuilt high end wheelsets offered by Mavic, Campagnolo, Rolf and Shimano. These wheels will be used for club riding, centuries and the like. Who in L.A. builds the best wheels?
The Best in the Valley...Ride-Fly
Feb 12, 2003 9:18 PM
is a guy by the name of Wynn. He works at Westlake Cyclery in Westlake Village. WLV is in the Conejo Valley just north of the San Fernando Valley, about 5 mi closer to LA than Thousand Oaks. When I was looking for someone to build my CKing/Mavic wheelset, I asked several sources and they all said he was the BEST. Even other bikeshop employees who had seen his work conceded that he was better than their own wheel builders. And to top it off, he is not that expensive. Westlake Cyclery's # is (805) 497-3030. Ride ON!!!
why don't you build yourself?cyclopathic
Feb 13, 2003 6:41 AM
the best wheels I ever had were build with my own hands. Surely I am not as fast as good builder, but he isn't gonna spend an extra hour I spend tweaking tension and listening to how spokes sing. It isn't that hard, Sheldon Brown has how-to

If you decide to go with local builder make sure he uses spoke tensionare. There're also some good builders on net if you can afford check Dave's Wheels if not check Mike's wheels at good luck
I think an experienced wheel builder would do a better job.Ambishawn
Feb 13, 2003 10:22 PM
Sure a pro won't waste unessasary time on stuff that wont make a difference but his hour or so will probably beat an all day effort of mine. I've been a Mercedes Technician for 8 years and can tell you that years of experience beats over zealous efforts of a novice hands down. I'll have over 4 grand wrapped up in this road bike when it's done. I woulden't mind getting a book on building wheels and build some but would like to start with a lower budget project. I will admit I had My rear MTB wheel rebuilt/spoked and am less than happy with the results. Gonna have to take that sucker back.
talk to Dave Thomascyclopathic
Feb 14, 2003 6:46 AM
he is your ticket for 4 grand bike. He builds wheels for pros and uses variable gage spokes, something not your avg Joe would venture to.

With respect to DIY vs builders I have 2 rear MTB wheels which stayed true. One is Bontrager race light (machine built) and one I built myself and beat crap out on HT. I wish I could say the same thing about "custom" hand built wheels I had. Unfortunately for many builders "time = money" results in less quality. For 25-40$ they aren't gonna bend spokes, relieve stress properly, equalize tension..
I think an experienced wheel builder would do a better job.Hardtail
Feb 14, 2003 9:00 AM
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