3040 Riverside Dr
Macon, GA 31210
Mon-Fri – 10am-5pm
Hi, my name is Dustin Gaddis and I am Southern Wheelworks. I have been on a bike pretty much since I was old enough to walk. After earning a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree in college I moved to Augusta, GA and completely immersed myself in the cycling scene there. Mountain biking is where my heart is, but I spend most of my time on the roads (preferably dirt or gravel ones) these days simply because of convenience.
I built my first set of wheels in 2009 using borrowed tools, and a few years later bought some tools myself and repaired and built wheels for friends. The hobby eventually turned into Southern Wheelworks, which officially opened for business in early 2013. It was a small home-based nights and weekends thing. As I built more and more wheels, and started earning myself a reputation, the business grew. After about two years it became hard to keep up with wheel orders while also working a 40hr/week engineering job. I spent a lot of nights working until well after midnight, then up at 5:30 the next morning to do it all over again, and I loved every minute of it!
My wife and I moved to Macon at the end of 2015 to be closer to family. I spent 2016 splitting my time between Macon and Augusta while saddled with two mortgages. Once our house finally sold I left my old day job and went full time with Southern Wheelworks, building wheels and doing repairs/maintenance for local middle GA riders. When we discovered we were expecting our first child I took a good hard look at the finances of the shop and decided to return to engineering full time and building wheels part time. I’ve narrowed my focus a bit so I can spend my time doing what I enjoy most – building really high quality wheels. I now only build with US-made hubs (and German-made dynamos), and I only build wheels, no more general bike maintenance and repairs.
If you’d like to stop by for a visit, send me an e-mail first to schedule a time. I’m generally in the shop early mornings before heading to my day job, but it varies week to week depending on workload.
Little log hop. Kidding of course, that’s probably the biggest one I’ve ever tried!