My name is Ryan and I’m the wheelbuilder behind this keyboard. I build wheels because it’s a meditative kind of work that results in something useful. I like the sense of independence I gain from rolling my own and like the idea of having these skills in the community.
My interest in wheelbuilding got a little out of hand. It started with books on the topic (by now well worn). I attended the United Bicycle Institute Professional Mechanics program and later upgraded my skills with their Advanced Wheelbuilding class. I’m a DT Swiss certified wheelbuilder. I’m a Shimano certified wheel and hub technician. I aim for continuous improvement, willing to invent new tools and software if necessary. You say it’s overkill but I admitted that from the start.
But what about the bikes? These days I have two handbuilt road frames, one designed for sunny days and another for wet weather. I ride a basket-equipped rando bike for coastal touring and a singlespeed cyclocross bike for selfies. Handbuilt wheels on every one as God intended.