About me (Chris Garrison) Titusville, Florida
Hi welcome to my site.
I started this website because bicycle touring has brought me so much joy. I hope to share that joy with others. I also enjoy tinkering and I want to share the knowledge I have gained building and maintaining touring bicycles.
My wife and I both have Surly Long Haul Disc Truckers which I have built from the frame up. We have done long distance (fully contained) touring and have a good sense of what works on the road and what doesn’t.
I enjoy the challenge of doing something new and I embrace the idea of “never stop learning”. That’s how I got into wheel building. I had a “warm shower.org” guest and he was showing me his German SON front dyno hub. I said that I had considered building my own wheels. His response was that “wheel building was done by professionals” and that I shouldn’t attempt something I wasn’t familiar with. Well, that was just what I needed. Following that discussion I began intense research on wheel building. I watched videos, read online wheel building books and finally contacted Peter White (well known wheel builder). I asked Peter if he could help me select components. I’ll never forget his comment that “you’ll be fine, just take your time”. Well, I’ve built many wheels since that and I’m glad I gave it a try.
My hopes with this website is to find the person who wants to step out there and build his/her own bike. He may not fully have the skill or knowledge, but he has the desire!
Well, all I have to say is “you’ll be fine, just take your time”!