You may not have arrived through the bicycle site so a short introduction is in order.
Christopher Igleheart has been in the bicycle trade for 30 years mostly building forks and frames in addition to wheels a skill from his days as a shop owner. Christopher has seen the bicycle wheel change over the years with the improvement of materials and technology much to his approval. A good percentage of his frames are accompanied by his wheels so his craft has progressed over many years. If you were riding an early Fat Chance you were on his wheels. His handy work has survived La Ruta, countless urban commutes, illuminated the fine quality of many a bicycle frame and faithfully covered mile after mile until the brake tracks wore through. This man knows wheels and bicycles.
I’m Jim Wirtanen and have been involved in the world of bicycles for twenty years, ten of those formally in the trade. The other ten were in the streets pedaling away as a courier. It wasn’t all fun and games though. It was this arena that allowed me to hone my wrenching and wheel building skills in a real world laboratory. I built many work wheels and learned invaluable lessons from each set I put on the road. Five years later I was working in a shop having my wheel building abilities validated in a formal setting. The shop provided more opportunity to improve my skill set once again which continued when I met Christopher through cyclocross a few years later. We hit it off right away and my wheels are better for it!