Recommend me a wheel builder?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by bobbyp, 15 Oct 2007.

  1. bobbyp

    bobbyp Senior Member

    After somebody stole my bieks a few weeks ago I'm left needing a pair of nice but not racing wheels for the summer bike. I've always favoured handbuilts and am thinking along the lines of plain Ultegra/Open Pro 32 spoke jobs.

    Anybody recommend me a decent builder or want to tell me to look at something else?
  2. Pedalling Pete

    Pedalling Pete New Member

    It might help if we knew what part of the country you were in!
  3. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    S of Kendal
    Paul Hewitt does mail order and from personal experience with wheels he has built for mtb, road race and touring, I have found them extremely realiable.

    I think the combination you have in mind makes for a really decent wheel, which is only bettered by some of the factory built offerings, once you spend in excess of £450 or so. I have several Open Pro / Chorus wheels from Paul that have never required attention for the entire life of the rim, despite fairly heavy audax , training use and events like Paris Roubaix.
  4. OP

    bobbyp Senior Member

    I'm in Reading. Obvious local choices would be AW cycles or Condor but I was looking for other recommendations. Paul Hewitt looks good, think I'll give them a call.
  5. Depends where you are. I know a chap in the Peak District - builds superb wheels and has done for many years.
  6. Ah sorry - didn't see that u were in Reading !
  7. longers

    longers Veteran

    Who would that be please?
    I will be needing a pair of wheels before Christmas.:biggrin:
  8. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Harry Rowland builds a pretty decent wheel. I'm sure he'll post them too
  9. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    South Beds.
    Does Dave Hind still make wheels?
    His prices were competitive.
    I found Merlin cycles to be competitive too.
    I bought myself a pair of Deore hub/Mavic XM117 rims with stainless spokes handbuilt for £50...perfect for my commuter slick tyres to go onto. :biggrin:
  10. nom de plum

    nom de plum New Member

    wilmslow ches.
    Hi longers,
    Is that Bottoms Reservoir in Macc Forest...If so; great place to live an I go past you, often more than once a week
  11. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

    Dave Hinde could possibly be a very, very bad choice - see this

    Merlin, on the other hand, have always given me excellent service and good wheel builds at low prices.
  12. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Limoges or York
    Harry Rowland and Spa Cycles are both good.
  13. OP

    bobbyp Senior Member

    Thanks folks. Think I'll call harry rowland and paul hewitt and see what they each say.

    Was almost tempted by the Dave hinde advert in last weeks comic so thanks for the warning alfablue!
  14. Hugo15

    Hugo15 Über Member

    I am after a new real wheel. Would be interested to hear how you get on with Harry Rowland and Paul Hewitt.
  15. It would be worth trying Rikki (Ricky, Ricki....can't remember how he spells it) at AW Cycles. Built me a pair of wheels, Open Pro on Veloce hubs, about 2 years ago. Perfectly true ever since despite being treated relatively badly (sh1te roads, panniers for commuting etc).
    I wouldn't hesitate to use him again.
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