Visited a clever wheelbuilder last month (10/19) and, guess what—I learned all sorts of new stuff. Ryan Kereliuk treated me to terrific vegan food in Victoria and shared some of the mischief he’s been up to. So many cool wheels and innovations from one shy guy. Check his pics for a glimpse.
You know Ryan from his wonderful wheel tension utility that seamlessly mates with our digital tensiometer.Meanwhile, he’s reinventing truing for the 21st century, but that’s for another time.
Look at the mighty stand he is using.
I’ve recommended a wood bench by IKEA before but 15 years later, we can do better. Steel cases are vastly stiffer and provide secure storage. The IKEA is 30lbs (14kg)—USD$60. The steel stand is 60lbs (27kg)—USD$256. You deserve the stiffness of the steel base. They are built to support small mills weighing 200-300lbs (90-136kg). The overbuild is super for stable spoke cutting.
Tops are optional, Ryan chose wood (see below). Each is about 33″ (83cm) high (as the IKEA bench), room for a top and good for leverage and comfort.
Watch how he fabricates a special wood top. Below is his scrap bucket and underneath is where it empties between recycling runs.
Does your spoke cutter deserve a rock solid base? I’m getting one, how about you?