|I think this is the last set of wheels I built for myself. |
Anywho...... As I was contemplating what I need to do to clear up the wheel madness going on down there, I realized that I don't have any current wheels that I built. Not that I am some maestro of spoke weaving, but I can build a pretty mean wheel when I have a mind to. So, I do like to have a set or two that I built that I can use for bikes that I use often.
Let's see...... Now there is one 29"er set around here I built. That's been on the Fargo off and on. But otherwise I have no current wheels I built for any of my gravel bikes. I did have a set that was nice but I was talked into selling them to a then co-worker of mine back at the old shop. I guess those are still being used too, ironically on another Tamland! (See the image here of those wheels on my Tamland)
So, I figured it is high time that I built up some wheels for myself again. I'll be looking at hubs to start out with. Last time I used White Industries hubs, and those were sweet. I don't have to go that way again, but you know, those are high on my list. Of course, the stalwart DT Swiss choices are there, along with the boutique stuff from Chris King, or Onyx, or Industry 9. Big bucks, those hubs, but pretty cool too.
I also need rims, obviously, and I have had great luck with WTB and Velocity, but in these times it may come down to what I can actually get my hands on. Spokes would be my regular Wheelsmith choice, with an outside chance I might use DT Swiss or Sapim. I've built with all three, but Wheelsmith has been my go-to spoke for years.
So stay tuned for the slow search to grind away here as I get to looking at hubs first. I have no idea how long this might take as supply may affect choices. But the goal will be to get something built by Spring to ride on and I will document the process here as I go along.