Any wheel building courses in SW London, UK?
My husband is a keen competent amateur bike mecahnic, but doesn't know how to build wheels and I know he'd like to. Anyone know any courses in SW London or the South East of the UK that I could buy him for Christmas?
Were I You
I would try e-mailing or calling
Roger Musson, whom I have
never met, but who seems to
know a great deal on the subject
and also lives much closer to
you than I:
And may I add that given the
nature of your enquiry, you are
a real catch.
Afterthought: Many of the reasonably competent
mechanics on this forum and elsewhere learned
wheel building, truing, repairing with the aid of
a book (mine was Jobst Brandt's ---The Bicycle
Wheel) together with a low end repair stand, a
set of spoke wrenches, some kind of cheap vernier
caliper, and possibly a dishing gauge. Mr. Musson
sells a downloadable e-book that is well reviewed.
Additionally, you can probably find a UK supplier
for things like these:
and the deluxe package ("A" ticket to Disneyland)
would also include:
So if you come up empty on the course, you can
still put some stuff under the tree and turn him
loose in the workshop -- where he will be out of
your way for hours and hours.
Last edited by 3alarmer; 12-06-10 at 01:12 PM.
Reason: Add Afterthought
Originally Posted by CKey_Cal
Your husband is indeed a lucky man.
3alarmer has given you some good leads for books and supplies but a true "hands-on" course would probably be valuable too. Since I have no idea where to send you specifically, I recommend you call or stop into one of your better local bike shops and ask if they offer such courses or can recommend someone who does. They will certainly have better local knowledge than most of us.
You might want to ask the people at 56a bikeroom if they have a class or something, it is a community bike shop and they seem like the kind of people that would have a workshop or a class.
Thanks so much for the responses. I've bought my husband a book (Roger Musson's); will be buying him some of the suggested tools/stuff today; and will ask my local bike shop about courses.