It’s taken me longer than expected to get settled and set back up in Vancouver. I’m going to blame the ocean, mountains and mild winter for my slow progress, which is not far from the truth. It’s amazing how much you can get done during a Montreal winter when it’s -20C outside with 3 feet of snow on the ground.
For the last 4 years, I’ve offered a range of wheel configuration/component choices aimed at various price points which means I had a lot of stock. In Montreal, I had a very large space to store shipping boxes, packing materials, a vinyl cutter/table, many dozen rims, hubs, 100’s of spokes, a work stand, wheel building stand, etc, etc, etc…it was bliss. I loved my wheel room; all it was missing was a large TV and beer on tap. My wheel room in Vancouver is much more humble, maybe a fifth of the sq footage. If I attempted to carry the same amount of stock now, I would take up half of our home and the Wife Of Mass Destruction would blow up.
I also have less time to spend on wheels this year. I love my new job but it’s very busy, plus I find myself getting out and about much more in Vancouver (hiking, biking, camping, etc…). Each year over the last 4 years, my humble wheel business grew larger and larger, which was awesome, but it also started taking up 100% of my spare time (literally).
So, for 2016 I’m going to change up how I offer wheels. Instead of having a range of options for many different wheel builds, I’m going to bring in enough stock to pre-build 3 or 4 wheel sets and offer them for sale. If it’s listed on my site, they’re sitting in a box ready to go. This will be great for customers wanting something asap (which is usually the case) but the lack of choice might put others off. I will be happy to take customer orders from people that contact me and are willing to possibly wait 4 weeks or more for a wheel set (that time could be longer or much shorter depending on when I am ordering in more stock).
I’ll be building with HED Belgium (C2 and Plus) and Pacenti rims, Chris King and White Industries hubs, and Sapim CX-Ray spokes. The wheels will be covered by my usual warranty and crash replacement policy.
Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be updating the WMD website and will hopefully have the first few wheels ready to sell by early February.