First step: new wheels.
I just received the second pair of wheels Ron Ruff at White Mountain Wheels has made for me in recent years. Ron knows how to build wheels. On the Gunnar I have Kinlin rims, Sapim CX-Ray spokes and White Industries hubs, unbranded shiny black all around, 32 spokes rear and 24 spokes front, weighing in at less than 1500 grams, for which I paid approximately $800 shipped. The best part? After much closer to 10,000 miles than to 0, neither wheel has a single wobble. Not one. (In contrast, both Neuvation wheel-sets I have need adjustment with shameful frequency.) Ron pre-stresses all his wheels in building. Not sure what else he does, but at a below-shop-price $50/wheel, I can't imagine shopping anywhere else.
For the Fixie Ron built me a matched set of the beauties you see above. That's a Kinlin rim -- a new design that has a profile nearly identical to the Hed Belgiums; a White Industries ENO hub with an Allen bolt on the axle; and 28 CX-Ray spokes. I tried to talk Ron into basic round spokes, but he likes his CX-Rays, and I can't argue with how they look. Total cost, including shipping: about $750. Odds-on bet as to how long these last? Longer than the welds on the P2SL, in any event.
Here are a few more pictures:
|Rear hub. See the Allen bolt fastener.|
|Just a little bling with those blue nipples. Photo credit: some guy who doesn't know lighting.|
|And the front hub.|