Where to get wheels built?

Twenty Inch

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Hi guys

I've got a SJS Cycles frame in the cellar that I intend to build into a fixed (one day).

Who's good for building wheels? And how much should I pay?

Or: does anyone have a fixed rear to sell me?

And: what are those little adapter things that fit the dropouts called to stop the wheel being pulled forward?
 

christian dieu

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Used to see some well priced Ambrosio fixed wheels on Ebay (just over £100 the pair I think)
And are you thinking of "chain tugs" to keep the wheel in place or something more delicate?
 
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Twenty Inch

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Hi

Thanks for the reply. The chain tugs are for rear-facing dropouts. As my frame is a road frame it has forward-facing dropouts. There's some sort of adapter that fits over the dropout and hold the wheel in place, specifically for forward-facing dropouts. If anyone knows, I'd be grateful.

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smiorgan

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Wheel building - local bike shop. Mine did it for 15 quid plus materials - even gave me a discount because I'd bought a lot of spokes

Or you can get a wheelset online, a lot of places will give you a good deal. I have bought a wheelbuild from on-one and it's been fine. Goldtec will do the same - the hubs are pricey but apparently good value, their wheelbuild package looks like good value

For a chaintug for forward-facing dropouts - you might kludge something out of a BMX tug by filing down the tab on the inside. Someone linked on the fixiefaqs wiki managed to get an on-one chaintug to work. Other than that there were old cyclo chaintugs - chap on the C+ forum had one and had a picture of it - got from a jumble sale apparently. (edit - not the most helpful comment, sorry)

I didn't need one for an old raleigh with good tracknuts and a decent spanner (although I fretted about whether I would need one before I started riding the bike) - just be religeous about watching the chain tension
 

romans

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Build your own! I do and it is not difficult once one has been on a course. A one day course will suffice for simple two and three cross. If you wish more info email me 'cos I don't get to my PC every day. I use Ambrosia hubs at £50/pair - excellent.
 
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Twenty Inch

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Mmm.

I used to wheel build down in the local community workshop. It was all a bit hit and miss with the spoke length though, and hubs were usually whatever was lying around and looked good.

Perhaps you're right. Except that I don't have a wheel jig or decent spoke keys, and don't want to buy them for a one-off. Are there any shortcuts?

(Thinks - how can I persuade SWMBO that we "need" a wheel-jig?)
 

FLYINGGATER

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Hi guys

I've got a SJS Cycles frame in the cellar that I intend to build into a fixed (one day).

Who's good for building wheels? And how much should I pay?

Or: does anyone have a fixed rear to sell me?

And: what are those little adapter things that fit the dropouts called to stop the wheel being pulled forward?
What size hubs does your frame take? I’ve got a couple of wheels in the loft. The little adaptor things are called tug pulls. Back in the day we didn’t use them. I guess they make chain adjustment easier but I’ve never bothered with them.
 
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