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August update long overdue

It's august already. The season is in full swing. I have been building wheels and bikes continuously. It seems like there is no end in sight!
I just delivered a pair of wood grained Velocity Blunts to a customer who is mounting them on a 1920 Mead Ranger. Just finished a buildup of an Italian bike with Nuovo Gran Sport goupo. Tune up on a Hard Rock that was outgrown and turned back in. And lots more.
Go out and have fun on your bike!

Late June update

Well, it's been a while since I last updated the web site. Spring has sprung suddenly and everyone wants their bike fixed day before yesterday. I have sold hubs to race team managers for the Little 500 at Indiana University. I managed to get one of these bikes from a team manager and refurbished it. Now I know how they work and the issues involved in setting them up for optimum performance.

Equipto cabinets arrive

Yesterday we retrieved a pair of Equipto cabinets. There are 13 drawers per cabinet. This a massive amout of parts stroage. The cabinets are 44" high by 30" wide and 27" deep.  The rollers were pretty well stuck by the old grease. We are using a combination of WD40 and triflow to break up the old grease and re-lubricate the bearings. We are about 1/3 the way through the re-assembly process. When the reorganizing project is finished, the cabinets will have absorbed about 35 tackleboxes of parts. I have dreamed of having a tool like this for years, and now the dream has become a reality. I want to thank Allen of Santa Rosa True Value for making the drawers available on Craigslist, and my friend Amir for riding along to pick them up. Special thanks to Tim the neighbor for the loan of the heavy duty Ford F-350 Diesel pickup without which the trip would have been impossible.

Progress in the Workshop

Well, it's been a very busy week in the garage. We have customer bikes to work on, 6 pairs of wheels to rebuild, and lots of organizing to do. We finally tracked down an Equipto to store parts in. The small parts storage is getting totally out of control, with parts boxes stacked everywhere. With the drawer storage, most of it will fit under a small workbench. Unfortunately it is two hours drive away, stay tuned
Ebay sales contiue at a steady pace. We can't attract the bargain seekers of course, but there does seem to be a few Ebayers who are looking for quality, and we have been able to satisty them with great wheels.

April Showers bring May Flowers

Today I did some detail updating on the site, mostly spell checking and grammar upgrades. I have several bikes in the shop for tune ups, upgrades and wheel builds. I added a two new pairs of rims, only one pair each.
The little 500 has come and gone, and Velosteel hubs were first and second in the Women's race, and first and forth in the Men's. Not too shabbly. Would have been 1, 2 in the Men's, but for a crash that put the second team way behind. Not a bad showing.
I met a couple last week who are building a pair of Raleigh three speeds up into Coaster Roadsters very similar to my Super Grand Prix roadster. They have commisioned a pair of 26 X 1 3/8 wheels. Parts are on order. I hope I will get to assemble the entire bike, it is going to be a great project. I am stuck on the Peugeot roadster, I need a headbadge before spending money on a paint job, and I want the Valentigney version.

Web site updates

Well, just spent an hour trying to figure out how to format the web site to fill the screen side to side. I and many of you have commented on the narrow width of the page. I have searched and searched the menues for this, and read all the FAQs trying to find a solution. Finally I called customer service. Turns out the Design I have chosen does not have that feature. If I were to choose a different layout, I would could get the "expand" feature, but the only way to search for a design with that feature is to re-edit the web site in order to see if it has this.

Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung and things are happening. Sales on Ebay are up. The new international shipping is getting noticed all over the world, with interest from the Netherlands and Ireland at the top. I just updated the web site, and I have two wheels to build today. People are repairing their wheels, and ordering straight pull spokes. The Little 500 in Indiana is comming up shortly.
I have posted new completed bicycle builds on the site, be sure to contact me and let me know if you would be interested in purchasing one of these.

Feedback for wheels purchased on this web site

Ok, I have sold a few items on the web site now, and I wanted to set up a place for the new owners to comment on their buying experience. Hopefully there will be many more! Please let us know what you bought and what you liked about the experience of using the web site and the item you purchased. I'm sure we would all like to see a picture of your bike with the part in question mounted. I don't have much in the way of fame to offer, my little corner of the Internet bicycle industry is very exclusive, even esoteric (known only to a few). But, that's the way we like it.

Swap Meet!

Saturday was the Spring swap meet at Trailhead cyclery. It was a beautiful day, and we handed out many cards along with many wheel service presentations. My products attracted lots of attention. I got a lot of promises of future business. If everyone comes through, I will be very busy this season indeed.
I have been selling a lot of hubs and spokes to buyers outside of the USA. I have found that I can send hubs and spokes in a flat rate envelope for only $14 to most locations, and this has lead to many purchases on Ebay and the web site.

Small updates

Today I did some minor corrections to the site. I got some interesting questions from the Netherlands this week from several people, and sent hubs and spokes there. I have a lot of wheels to build, and several Ebay parts purchases to ship. Looks like spring is almost here, Daylight savings started last night, so stuff is really starting to happen. Get your wheel orders in early, it looks like this season is going to be very busy!
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