Building wheels in prison! How about a repurposed prison? Sounds better. Melody Wheels in Western Australia is Adrian Emilsen’s gem: a wealth of experience he shares on a regular basis: reflections, advice, examples, all help customers become informed, motivated, and confident about their wheel decisions.
He is currently working in the Old Fremantle Prison, a 115 year old building closed 20 years ago and now used as a low rent small business incubator. His workshop is literally a prison cell. The doors are very secure!
I don’t share enough of the cool workshop scenes I’m sent. Too many to catch up on but here are a few recent glimpses of life and setups around the world.
Here is a new shop in Lille, France, Cycles Get Lost. Started by a friends who, energized by the rich local cycling culture (the famous Paris-Roubaix race finishes one town away) and sorrowed by the lack of bike job opportunities, assembled a pretty nice looking enterprise.
Kamil Strynger just started a custom spoke business in Poland called Szprycha (“spoke” in Polish). Check his Spoke Machine:
Baltimore wheel building and mechanic legend, Jason Wright, offered a shot of his P&K Lie stand, installed last year. Hard to resist the eye candy.
Send any glimpses to me (email@example.com) and suggestions you can share about setup and navigating the market. I’ll share all I can.