Monday, February 28, 2011

In the Queue

Finally!
It took some doing, but I got in touch with, or rather he got in touch with me.
Who Mr. Flat Tire?
Why the Maker of the Unobtainable Lightness of Roundness of course!
Believe it or not, I had this part of the Great Celeste Devil Makeover done first.
I mean I knew what I wanted, there was just a communication thing with the Maker.
I looked over a lot o'wheels, let me tell you.
First instinct was to go Campagnolo, or at least with Fulcrums(made by Campagnolo) but for the price, it just wasn't worth it.
The price per gram I mean.
Which is how I compared the wheels.
In like the least amount of grams per dollar.
You had to really step up to the plate to get some nice light wheels, and for that kind of cash, I wanted something different.
Don't get me wrong, the wheels were nice, but for some reason or another they didn't fit my needs.
Er, wants.
More on that later.
There were some other wheel places I took a long hard look at.
Williams Cycling System 30 seems to be a hit on some of the forums. Hard to beat for the price, you even get ceramic bearings.
There was a newer place I looked at too, called Revolution Wheelworks, they also had some semi aero wheels for a pretty price.
Even had the Sapim spokes I wanted.
The deal sealer came down to the hubs.
None of the above had hubs that floated by boat so to speak.
I mean coming off of Chris Kings, and the buzz, well, I wanted something with some zing.
If you know what I mean.
Okay, the Campagnolo/Fulcrum stuff is loud, but the rim sizes were not what I was looking for.
I was also looking for a certain spoke count, being Lightness of Roundness, I wanted the lowest spoke count my fat body could get away with which turned to be 20 front and 24 rear.
The same thing I'm riding now.
Except I wanted to go with Sapim CX-rays.
I also wanted some semi aero rims.
Not real deep, but sorta deep.
So off I went to check the wheel builder thingy at Universal Cycles, the same place I got my 29er wheels made.
Anyways, I input all the wheel stuff I wanted and-
Oh boy!
Big bucks!
For that kind of money I could have gone full poseur and gotten some Reynolds Attacks:



No, I didn't go and get them.
They sure are purty and I did think about it though.
The Reynolds Attacks, I mean.
Maybe next year.
Anyways, I went with a dude who does this wheel building thing as sort of side business.
What I mean is, he has a day job.
So putting it all together was easy, getting in touch with the Maker was a bit difficult as he was on vacation for a couple of weeks and he also apparently has a whole bunch of orders.
If you've been following along at home, you, the reader, know that it's taken a while, but I finally got in the queue!
Tell you the truth, if he hadn't gotten back to me by next week, I was going with one of the wheels above.
Luckily his email arrived just as I was beginning to get all antsy.
Got the funds burning a hole in my pocket don't you know.
I have no idea how long this is going to take, but I'm just happy I'm getting what I wanted in the first place.
Maybe these new wheels will help me break the sound barrier!
Or something.
Okay, enough already Mr. Flat Tire! What kind of wheels did you get?
Well, after all was said and done, I went ahead and ordered-
Wait, wait, wait, you're going to do it again aren't you?
Would you want it any other way?

7 comments:

PaddyAnne said...

I like your new banner picture!

Steve A said...

I'm with PaddyAnne on the banner, but it CRIES for a celeste and blue water bottle.

John Romeo Alpha said...

Clear bottle, homemade celeste energy drink. OK, back on-topic: any interesting color choices in the wheels?

limom said...

I forgot to take the bottle out when I took the pic.
New bottle on the way.
Wheel color choices were silver and black.
Oh, and celeste.
I thought that might be a bit much.

limom said...

Oh, and thanks about the pic!
I'm working on a better one, but it involves hiking down below the guard rail and a nice sunny day.

Trevor Woodford said...

A couple of days ago I pressed the 'buy button' on a new set of the roundy things for the Tifosi. I'm not going to tell you yet what I went for though - not for a few more days at least. We can all play that game! Ha ha!!

limom said...

You learn quickly, Purple One.