Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes: Peugot ss/fixed beater, Bareknuckle, Bridgestone Road, Old Raleigh beater.
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To build wheels, you need to do the following:
1) Go by your trusty local bike shop. Take in your rim, your hubs and have them figure out what length spokes you need. If you don't purchase the spokes from them, tip very nicely.
2) On your way home with rims, hubs and your sparkly new spokes, stop by the store and pick up a 6-pack. This will come in handy later.
3) At home, hop onto Sheldon Brown's site. If you don't have the internet easily accessible, go some place you can print out the necessary pages.
4) Build your front wheel first. You don't need a truing stand. Just use your fork and attach a zip tie to one of the blades. Lace it up as directed. If something seems wrong, don't be afraid to take it apart and try again. Once you have it properly laced, get all the nipples to the ends of the threads on the spokes. If some spokes are tighter, don't feel obligated to loosen them. This goes the same for loose spokes. Just do an equal amount of turns each time. I think Sheldon recommends the best number of times to turn each way around.
5) As you true the first wheel, turn the zip tie from a more outward position, inward closer to the rim. I'm a fan of just tensioning the spokes on the side opposite of the segment of rim out of true. After you ride the thing will need general re-tensioning for safe measure so don't worry too much about counter tension to true it. (Come to think of it, you could probably do the same with the rear dropouts, but I've either just taken it to a lbs and asked to use one of their stands or just gone to a buddy's house.)
6) Make sure to continously drink. My experience at the start proved to be extremely frustrating and being sober didn't help. Also make sure to pick up a good spokewrench. Get an appropriately sized Park Tool one. Don't scimp on a multi-sized one. It'll end in more heartache. After you get it once, just rinse repeat. Do it over and over to get the feel for it. There's a certain "Aha!" point where things click and the whole process makes sense.