Saturday, June 16, 2012

Big Move Coming

Well, as most of you know we are moving down to Cochrane, Alberta, so I have been busy and I have neglected the blog. Add in my retirement from the army and trying to catch up on some wheelbuilds now that I have more stock, I have not kept up here on Blogger.

Lately, I just finished a restoration type project. An old friend, Rob, had found himself an 1980s vintage Zullo road bike equipped with a Zeus 2000 groupset including tubular wheels with pristine Zeus hubs. Tubulars were not much help to Rob, so he asked if I could build Zeus hubs onto a set of clincher rims. Once we found the right rims, Ambrosio Evolutions, and disassembled the old wheels (the freewheel was small problem as it did not want to come off easily), I was off and running. Using Sapim Race double butted spokes and brass nipples, I laced the wheels in a crow's foot pattern. This pattern was popular in the 50s and 60s, and with Rob's 36 hole Zeus hubs, they came out pretty sharp looking. In all Rob has ended up with a great recreational bike to spin around on and we were able to maintain the unique and Euro aesthetics of the bike. Here is a picture of the finished wheels:

And here are a few close up shots:

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