Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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I used top-quality truing stands and dishing tools when I worked at Bikecology [Supergo], and I do own a mid-grade truing stand, but I have never felt compelled to buy a dishing tool. In fact, I usually true wheels and dish rear wheels right on the bike, using the brake pads as a guide. As long as the frameset is square, this technique is quite good.
Wheel-building is not difficult, but you do need to pay meticulous attention to crucial details, notably spoke tension. Practice first on an old wheel, before tackling a new or otherwise valuable rim. Expect new spokes, particularly stainless, to stretch a bit during the first few rides.
If you are mechanically adept and enjoy working with tools, by all means learn to how to build and repair your own wheels. If not, hire a competent bicycle mechanic.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069