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Wheel building.

The Brown Hornet's picture

By The Brown Hornet - Posted on 07 September 2011

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

Can anyone out there instruct me in the art of wheelbuilding please? Preferably local in the Blue Mtns.

Chuck's picture

I can't but this might help with your efforts. And then you can teach a few more of us.

Isildur's picture

Heya Mate,
I've had great results from the Wheelpro setup:

You can grab his book for about 9GBP (less that $15AUD), which has a great intro to wheelbuilding, and a great step by step process on how to true your wheel. (

One of the best parts of the book is a design to make your own truing stand from 16/20mm MDF/Plyboard/whatever you've got around! Really good stand, works well, and if you're so inclined, you can dress is up with whatever paint you like! Plus it all comes apart so you can pack it reasonable flat and out of the way.

The spoke calculator has proven quite accurate too, so definitely worth a look!

Take some time and practice on a non-mission critical wheel first, and once you've spent an arvo or two playing around, I reckon you'll have no trouble in the future. The hardest part (for me) was getting the radial true sorted, but his "spoke nipple driver" helps quite a lot! All it is is basically a flat headed screw driver, bent, chucked in a handle, and with the tip filed/ground down!

Basically, I say buy the book, have a read, and then have a go! You can't go wrong (well, almost!) Eye-wink

Kingy's picture

Yeah I know how, I will show ya!

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