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    Senior Member Andycapp's Avatar
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    Think I'm finally getting good at this - wheel building success

    I laced up my 5th (4th successful) last night. first time I didn't have to refer to the web or other wheels to make sure I got the pattern right. I don't have a truing stand so I waited until I got into work this morning and set it up in a spare fork with a dial indicator. I was a bit impressed with myself by how close I was initially. About 15-20 minutes later I had it within +/-.005 in trueness and hop! More than satisfactory for me but I am curious what is an acceptable tolerance for the pros out there?

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    Congrats! But I can't answer your question as I am going to be building my first wheel in the next month or so, after re-reading the Brandt book.

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    Woohoo! My tolerance is a lot wider than that. I don't have a dial indicator. My goal is that the rim be truer than the tire.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    Five thousandths of an inch!
    I'm not sure if an electron scanning microscope can see that!
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    Rim brakes +/- 1mm Hub brakes +/- 2mm I don't actually bother to measure, but if someone asked....

    I've got dial indicators, but I save them for other tasks like machine setup and alignment (machining)

    I'm with noglider, the tire often has variances larger than the rim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    Five thousandths of an inch!
    I'm not sure if an electron scanning microscope can see that!
    You might be surprised. I had about .02" of hop in a couple spots and +/- .015 trueness when I started and it was visually obvious when spinning, especially the hop. But I could tell right away I was a lot closer than my first few builds.

    BTW this wheel is a Campagnolo Victory Strada hoop laced to a C-Record front hub using DT butted spokes intended for my Guerciotti. Next up is the rear on a Record 8-speed hub. I chased my tail a bit on the last rear wheel I did but this one has given me a bit of a confidence boost

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    Even tension is much more important than the deviation of the round/true when you are building a wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teetime View Post
    Even tension is much more important than the deviation of the round/true when you are building a wheel.
    "feels" good. But I know the co-op in Tacoma has a tension gauge. I plan on going out there next weekend to check my work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatwolf View Post
    Congrats! But I can't answer your question as I am going to be building my first wheel in the next month or so, after re-reading the Brandt book.
    That's a good book Whatwolf. But also, check out this tutorial. Best one I've read. It really helped me when I did my first wheels.
    http://miketechinfo.com/new-tech-wheels-tires.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andycapp View Post
    "feels" good. But I know the co-op in Tacoma has a tension gauge. I plan on going out there next weekend to check my work.
    If it feels good, probably it is good. I've built a lot of wheels now without the benefit of a tension gauge, and so-far, it's all good.
    - Auchen

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    Congrats, Andy - you know, I think I'm going to attempt to do a wheelset while in DG. Lord knows I'll need to keep my mind occupied after I get bored of riding the same 18.5 mile road day in and day out

    I have Brandt's book, too, and I think it will be going into my pack-out.

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    Once you've ridden on perfect-- and 5 thou is as close to perfect as we're ever gonna get in this vale of tears-- nothing else will do. Congratulations on spoiling yourself!

    My problem's always been finding the start point, I finally figured out it is 4 spoke holes to the left of the hub logo for a drive-side 'push' spoke. Once I get that located, then it's all just counting by 4s.
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