About dgaddis

I live in North Augusta, SC, and the Sumter National Forest is my home MTB shredding grounds. I love racing, even though I'm not that great at it, it's a lot of fun and good motivation to put in lots of miles. By day I'm a mechanical engineer and by night I run my own wheel building business, Southern Wheelworks.

Photo Blog: 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show


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The 10th rendition of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) was held in Charlotte, NC last weekend, and if you live in the Southeast and didn’t go… you seriously missed out.  NAHBS brings many of the best frame builders … Continue reading

Review: Vassago VerHauen 29er


Vassago is an Arizona-based company that specializes in 29er hardtail frames.  I have owned their singlespeed Jabberwocky frame for a while now, which is one of two of their less expensive Taiwanese models.  It’s a great frame; I highly recommend it to … Continue reading

On Review: NOX Composites XCR-29 Carbon Rims


Several years ago carbon fiber scared most mountain bikers, who tended to think carbon was just for road bikes and too light and fragile for beating on it in the woods.  However, advances in design and manufacturing over the last … Continue reading

Opinion: Wet Weather Racing and Trail Protection Policies, Part 2


This is the second half of an article examining the effects of wet weather racing and the policies that need to be in place to protect trails from extensive damage.  Read Part 1 right here.  Plan B – The Other Plan If … Continue reading