Wheel building. Do you or Don't you?
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Who sorted your wheels?
Built the wheels yourself.
40%
 40%  [ 6 ]
Bought off the shelf ready built.
46%
 46%  [ 7 ]
Bought Hub & Rim but got shop to build wheels.
13%
 13%  [ 2 ]
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ga-rat



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:03 pm    Post subject: Wheel building. Do you or Don't you? Reply with quote

Just looking at wheel building options. I am currently looking at getting a cheap rear, disc compatible QR wheel. Nothing fancy at all.

I'm just wondering how many of you build your own rims exactly how you want them. I have seen lots of hubs on ebay and it always makes me think I wish I could build my own. Rolling Eyes I know there are lots of videos available to help.

I know being on a tight budget encourages me to do more myself, I have surprised myself many times now when it comes to bike setting up, fixing, upgrading etc, I have done it all myself.

I expect it's the same old story, it's easy when you know how. Confused Just how easy is it to do your first one? Laughing

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sandyvxr



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could build them up but let a shop true them up as you would need the correct machine to true them, I'm sure this would work out the cheapest.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have got the time, some mechanical skills and are reasonably patient learning how to build and true your own wheels is worthwhile. Don't expect to save much money on buying them built though.

You will need a truing stand to true a back wheel. Your best bet is to pay for Roger Musson's excellent ebook - see www.wheelpro.co.uk - which includes a design for a wooden truing stand that costs less than a fiver to build. The book itself is excellent, with clear pictures & explanatory text.

If you are short of time, patience or skill have a look at my website!
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Doogs



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used the wheelpro pdf that was mentioned in the above post...

If I can build wheels then anyone can... Very Happy Very Happy

time and patience is all that is required...

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
time and patience is all that is required...


... the absolute key to it all! Do it gradually and keep checking in stages.

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