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Old April 1st, 2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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I have 2 or 3 sets that I need to build this spring (I lent my bikes to people and they toasted a few wheelsets) and decided I'd give a go at building my own. I came across an e-book by Roger Musson Called "The professional Guide to Wheel building". I downloaded about an hour ago and have made it to page 40 already.

Wheelbuilding is just about the only thing I haven't mastered on my bikes. I've already learned a ton and figured I'd give a shout out to this guy because of it.

http://www.wheelpro.co.uk/wheelbuilding/book.php

Anybody have any other good resources for building wheels?
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I have built about a dozen wheels in my life and you just need to make sure that you get the proper tools to do it right. Spoke tension gauge for sure. Special thread locker for the nipples and nipple wrenches.

I have a hard copy of the book you speak of. Very good source.
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there should be a few charts to dig up to give spoke lengths for different patterns vs wheel size
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Sheldon browns website is A very good resource on all things bikes, he has a lengthy article about wheel building. That's the one thing I haven't tried yet, built a few bikes from frame up but not the wheels. I want to though, it seems like I can build a sick set of wheels for cheaper than buying complete wheels.
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Sheldon browns website is A very good resource on all things bikes, he has a lengthy article about wheel building. That's the one thing I haven't tried yet, built a few bikes from frame up but not the wheels. I want to though, it seems like I can build a sick set of wheels for cheaper than buying complete wheels.
I'll have to check that website out. I'm thinking along the lines of what you said at the end though. I think I could build some stronger/Better wheels my self with a little practice then what I could by from a LBS or online. Not to mention I'd know how to fix it when it broke. Truing/Building wheels is about the only thing I take my bike in for. The occasional stubborn Bottom Bracket will sometimes get taken in too.
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I've trued wheels before, using the brake pad method. It never comes out perfect but I get down the road ok and that is all that I care about. One of these days I'm going to invest in wheel building tools so I can do it. Performance bike on telegraph has the off brand tools that seem ok, probably not as nice as park tool but a lot cheaper.
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I've built several sets, it isn't all that hard, just time consuming. I like to do it when I have a few hours to sit, and drink beer, and spin nipples.

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Second Sheldon Brown's site. I've trued up all my wheels many times, but never tried building one up. Most recently I've been riding Velocity wheels built up right here in Grand Rapids. Built so strong the haven't gone out of true despite taking a beating on the trails.
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More of an art than a skill....that said, I haven't even made an attempt at this.
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I love building wheelsets.

Once I find a decent Honda CB to mod, I'm going to have a go at building custom wheels for it.
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I've trued wheels before, using the brake pad method. It never comes out perfect but I get down the road ok and that is all that I care about. One of these days I'm going to invest in wheel building tools so I can do it. Performance bike on telegraph has the off brand tools that seem ok, probably not as nice as park tool but a lot cheaper.
He gives you the blue prints to make one out of wood. He uses it everyday. I've also done the brake method and it works.

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More of an art than a skill....that said, I haven't even made an attempt at this.
This guy says it's more like any other mechanical process. You just have to know how to do it. That being said, Since I haven't done it yet, I would agree with you.
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I have built and trued hundreds of wheels when i uses to work at a shop. I've never used a tensioner before, everything was by feel. You just have to pay attention, take your time and do small adjustments. You will know if you did a good job after your first ride! LOL
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This guy says it's more like any other mechanical process. You just have to know how to do it. That being said, Since I haven't done it yet, I would agree with you.
I haven't done either, but I image it's like setting diff gears.
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It really isn't that hard. I had a hub go out on me and had to replace it, it took maybe an hour to do everything. Make sure to lace them in the correct order, so you can get the last set through.

May sound obvous, but search it on youtube, there are a couple very good 10-15 minute videos that show the entire process including making sure the hub is 'centered' in the position it needs to be.
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I have built and trued hundreds of wheels when i uses to work at a shop. I've never used a tensioner before, everything was by feel. You just have to pay attention, take your time and do small adjustments. You will know if you did a good job after your first ride! LOL
Spoke tensioner what?

You'll learn what's proper by plucking or tapping a spoke with your finger.
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