Joined Aug 30 2012
I collect classic bicycles and am a member of the Veteran Cycle Club ive messed about with bikes since i was 14 and have also worked as a bicycle mechanic/salesman in a ibs which unfortunately closed 10 years ago.
I taught myself how to build bike wheels after being charged £5 to replace one spoke on the rear wheel of my 1959 flying scot i got an instructional video from Bike Inn which shows how to build a mtb rear wheel and also a wheel jig and dishing tool.
I learned how to build a wheel in 13 weeks for my muddy fox mtb and have built wheels for my road bikes though one bike the wheels of which i shared with another bike got stolen which i was rather annoyed about as they were mavic double section alloy rims on pellisier large flange hubs i also built a new set of wheels for my dawes sterling road bike.
Ive had a raleigh 20 conversion pending for a few years now and also downloaded and printed everything off the internet i could find about raleigh 20 conversions which now fill a lever arch file.
my intention with doing one of these bikes was to try various combinations of wheels gearing etc until i found the right combination most parts ive collected have been off 20 inch wheel mountain bikes and also have a pair of 20x13/8 wheels off a raleigh boys racer though these bikes are pretty hard to find nowadays ive also got a pair of bmx wheels again 20 inch the problem here being that they are 48 hole rims!
ive also stripped cleaned and rebuilt a couple of aw internals and if anyone wants any help or advice please feel free to email me