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!
Last year my wife and I decided to move to Macon, GA to be closer to family. That was when I decided to take the plunge and go full time building wheels. I had to leave my day job anyways, right? So in December 2015 we moved into our new home in Macon, and a month later I signed a lease on a shop space.