We moved house about a month ago and bought a larger house with a decent sized garage which was the idea for the wheel-building business. It’s in Borrowash on the outskirts of Derby. No more freezing winter nights and sweaty summer days slaving away at the truing stand. It’s taken a while to get it all set up the way I wanted, and works really well for me.
Tom is a friend from my old club back in London. Over the last couple of years we both moved on and out of the big smoke – me to Nottingham and him up to Glossop. He still rides for CC London and frequents the capital for his job as a radio producer on the BBC.
As an excellent rider and moving quickly up the ranks on the local racing scene, I was surprised Tom was still riding low-profile alloy wheels for racing, so I offered to build him a set of XCS 38mm carbon rims on DT Swiss 350 hubs. It was a deal struck at the loftly level that went something like:
Me – you need some carbon wheels dude…
Tom – Sponsor me!
Me – OK, you got it mate.
Anyway, Tom’s been riding the wheels for the last month or so and kicking ass in a few races around the country on them. That’s enough exposure for me.
All carbon builds now have the option of having a set of 8 x vinyl transfers applied (2 per side). They’re top quality, printed by The Image Works near Nottingham, and made to be applied to carbon rims. They also peel off without issues if you decide to go with the stealth look.
I’ve been moving about recently – In June I upped my business from London to live with my other half in Derbyshire and started renting a studio in Nottingham. It was going well there for 6 months, but the decision was made to build a shed workshop in our garden for my ‘little hobby’ to be closer to home.
Here are the fruits of my hard work over the last few weeks of digging up garden, installing a concrete slab base and getting the shed built. Despite it being winter, I’ve already moved my wheel-building gear in and done a few jobs. It’s a bit cold now, though I should be getting insulation and electricity wired in from the house this weekend.
H Plus Son Archetype rims arrived last week and I’ve been merrily building wheels this week. Lacing to Chris King, Novatec and Shimano hubs.
Also available from this week: fresh new disc brake cross wheels – Pacenti SL25 rims laced to Novatec D771/772 from £320.