How hard is it to build a set of wheels
To get an idea, replace one of your worn out rims by taping a new one to it (valve holes aligned) and just swap the spokes over. You’ll get an idea of how to tension a wheel without starting from a daunting pile of bits on your kitchen table…
Or just jump straight in the deep end!Posted 3 years agoaracerSubscriber
Are you happy doing everything else mechanical on a bike (assuming you have the tools)? Building wheels isn’t for the total mechanical numpty, but not all that difficult if you can cope with normal mechanical jobs.
I’d recommend http://sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html – though actually I’ve always followed the instructions in http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Bicycle-Wheel-Jobst-Brandt/dp/0960723668 (which appears to be available online http://poehali.net/attach/Bicycle_Wheel_-_Jobst_Brandt.pdf )Posted 3 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
I did a pair this morning. Old hubs, new rims and spokes. It’s been ages since I built a pair but I remembered it all pretty easily, took about 90 mins to do both.
Key thing is to take your time. Set out everything you need, make sure you’re at least using new spokes & rims (much easier that way) and get rid of all distractions. Trying to do it alongside other stuff is just asking for trouble. Plenty of online guides so use them and make sure there’s a nearby bike shop open for if/when you balls it all up!Posted 3 years agoircSubscriber
I’ve built 4 or 5 wheels. Enough to know it isn’t rocket science. Enough to be confident about trueing any wheel on the road. Also enough to be happy to pay a few quid to get an expert to build them better than I can.
But then I’m 16 or 17 stone. Less flabby riders might not need such good wheels.Posted 3 years agotpbikerMember
Bearing in mind I know absolutely nothing about the subject what so ever.
I have a few sets of old road wheels lying around and the rims are well worn. ONly using them for training so thought it might be an idea to reuse the hubs.
then again the cheap shimanos from PX will probably be a better idea..Posted 3 years agoslackaliceMember
Something that I aim to learn. My uneducated view, is that once the basic’s have been understood i.e. direction of spokes and lacing patterns, dish, round and true (my basics!), it’s probably not too hard to build a wheel, follow a sequence and there it is!
However, I regard being able to build a good wheel to be a much more difficult/skilled thing to achieve!
A black art, where with time and practice and use, the dextrous, mechanical hand-eye skills blend with experience and understanding, experimentation, failure and success to enable the wheel builder to become a true crafts-person.
By which I mean someone who is able to interpret their own or another rider’s subjective and/or objective requirements, where their developing understanding of which rim profiles are best combined with which spokes and hubs and are able to feel how they can use spoke tension to give a wheel that feels right to the rider.
Or maybe Im getting carried away with the romance of it all?! 😉Posted 3 years ago
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