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    Rebuilding wheels

    How hard is rebuilding a wheel? Because I can't trust my bikeshop to do it...

    I am looking at getting a truing stand, spoke tension checker thing (awesome vocab) and a few other tools.

    I want to get the rear wheel of my trek rebuilt.
    I believe I can do it with some time, but I want hear the stories.
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    Go to Park tools, Sheldon Brown, and YouTube.

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    Word!
    It's better to burn out than fade away...or slip out of your pedal and face plant on the side of the road!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by -_RebelRidin'_- View Post
    How hard is rebuilding a wheel? Because I can't trust my bikeshop to do it...

    I am looking at getting a truing stand, spoke tension checker thing tensiometer(correct awesome vocab) and a few other tools.

    I want to get the rear wheel of my trek rebuilt.
    I believe I can do it with some time, but I want hear the stories.
    I have done it a few times with road wheels. Its not really that hard to lace a wheel but it time consuming to get it round and true and properly tensioned. I don't have a tensiometer of my own so I wind up taking my built wheels to the shop for a final check. I can get them pretty damn close with out it though.
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    for the cost of a truing station and tools to do the job, i would just buy a new wheel.
    Every time that wheel turn round,
    Bound to cover just a little more ground

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    It's easy if you're hands on. As suggested, go to http://sheldonbrown.com/ , also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTb3x5VO69Y , watch all three parts. The guy is kind of a dork but it's good to watch. I started building wheels last year and have 3 that I've done. They are very strong and I feel great about them. It does take awhile to true as well as make the first one round, but with practice it gets easier. I a still very much a novice but definitely enjoy it and am improving.

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    Thanks guys.
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    With the amount of problems you encounter with your bikes, you should build the most mechanical aptitude you can. I say go for it, it ain't rocket science. Oh, and I don't trust LBS's to work on my bikes either.

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    what wheel is it? thats a big question. it might not be worth it to do it. anyway, ive built like 6 sets of wheels for myself and maybe 10 laterally laced front wheels and i can do a 2 or 3 cross wheel in about two hours (it takes time to flip records over and grab more beer etc) but i would get the book by ZINN its like the art of mountain/road bike maintenance. i know how to build wheels but i use the section in that book every time because its easy to understand and its a waste of time if i mess up and have to redo it.

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    +1 on Zinn's books.

    Cheeto, Zinn's The Art Of Mountain Bike Maintenance would be a great book for you to get, especially seeing as you can't find an LBS that's worth a crap. You can do this stuff with a little knowledge in hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
    +1 on Zinn's books.

    Cheeto, Zinn's The Art Of Mountain Bike Maintenance would be a great book for you to get, especially seeing as you can't find an LBS that's worth a crap. You can do this stuff with a little knowledge in hand.
    i disagree with the esteemed gentleman's recommendation of a dated resource such as zinns. all the information you need is free and at your fingertips.

    just google and go, r. lee ermy junior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flying w View Post
    i disagree with the esteemed gentleman's recommendation of a dated resource such as zinns. all the information you need is free and at your fingertips.

    just google and go, r. lee ermy junior.
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    true, round, check dish, tension, stress, repeat...a lot. The first wheel you build will likely take you a very long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scratcher33 View Post
    true, round, check dish, tension, stress, repeat...a lot. The first wheel you build will likely take you a very long time.
    +1. The learning curve.

    Wheel building is my absolute favorite bike wrenching activity.
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