After years of procrastinating, I have finally stepped up to try my hand at building a wheel. I do almost all the maintenance and assembly on all my bikes but have never tried building a wheel. I had been wanting to put lighter wheels on my Bridgestone. I have a very good set of custom built wheels with Phil Wood hubs and Torelli Master rims, but they are kind of heavy with 36 spokes. I'm moving them over to my old Fuji to replace its 27" wheels. A big upgrade.
I came across a screaming deal on a front wheel with Dura Ace hub, Mavic Open Pro rim and 32 DT DB spokes. I have a 32 hole 7 speed Shimano 600 hub that was originally on the Bridgestone. I got a matching rima nd the appropriate DB spokes to build a rear wheel. I borrowed a copy of "The Art of Wheelbuilding" by Gerd Schraner and got to work. Once I got started it was not as difficult as I expected to lace the wheel. I don't have a truing stand or dishing tool, so I put the laced wheel on the bike and used the brake pads as a rough guide to get things close to right at fairly low tension. I can see I have a little radial correction (roundness) to do as well as lateral truing. I'll take the wheel into the LBS and borrow their stand to do the finishing touches. I can't wait to get it all done and try it out on the road.
Drive side laced