My name is Ryan and I’m the wheelbuilder behind this keyboard. I like this work for its meditative character and appreciate the performance of made-to-measure wheels. I like the 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 every book I could find on the topic. I schooled up at United Bicycle Institute, first in the Professional Mechanics program and later the Advanced Wheelbuilding seminar. I became a DT Swiss-certified wheelbuilder and a Shimano-certified wheel and hub technician. To this day 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.