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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 09-20-10, 10:15 PM   #1
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First wheel I ever built.

So after my 8 30 to 5 30 class i had an hour break then went back from 6 to 9 and built a wheel. It was so much fun and I was very happy with the final product. Here it is
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It's pretty relaxing isn't it? I've built a couple wheels but I only have my fork and brake caliper to work with
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It's pretty relaxing isn't it? I've built a couple wheels but I only have my fork and brake caliper to work with
Yeah man definately is. Yeah the trueing stand definately came in handy at the end.
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that looks classy.
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This makes me want to take the local classes. nice job.
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This makes me want to take the local classes. nice job.
Its definately worth it man, so much fun!
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Wheel building grade = "A", the certification is being printed out !
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Hah I just built my first wheel to not ss fg though.
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I just built my umteenth wheel, and my first one with radial lacing (0X). The more I do it the easier it gets. Do they teach you to use a spoke tension gauge, or just do it by feel and sound (plucking the spokes and listening to the tone)? Did you use thread prep or just thread the nipples on dry? That wheel looks good. Anyways, it sounds like you're having fun and learning a good trade.
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Did you use thread prep or just thread the nipples on dry?
or linseed oil?
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Do they teach you to use a spoke tension gauge, or just do it by feel and sound (plucking the spokes and listening to the tone)?
What do u use, TT? I'm curious, coz now I just pluck it but i'm wondering if a spoke tension gauge is worth the investment.
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What do u use, TT? I'm curious, coz now I just pluck it but i'm wondering if a spoke tension gauge is worth the investment.
Never had a tension gauge, just feel the resistance as I tighten the nipples and pluck the spokes for even tone. I can build wheels this way that never go out of true and with a runout of +/- 0.5mm. A real pro builder can do better than that. I'm very patient and tension / stress my wheels at least 3 times. I've never built a wheel with a spoke count less than 28, so perhaps a tension gauge would be needed for low count wheels, but I've not found the need.
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oh i see. Ok. I just pluck by ear matching with my guitar, so i was always wondering if a tension meter is worth investing. Thanks!
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Nice!!! I'm still riding on the first set of wheels I built, a King Disc set for my mtn bike. 6 years of abuse and they have only been retrued once after breaking in and retensioning.
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i wussed out an bought a prebuilt set recently. i wish i had a road front hub.
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I just built my umteenth wheel, and my first one with radial lacing (0X). The more I do it the easier it gets. Do they teach you to use a spoke tension gauge, or just do it by feel and sound (plucking the spokes and listening to the tone)? Did you use thread prep or just thread the nipples on dry? That wheel looks good. Anyways, it sounds like you're having fun and learning a good trade.
We use the tention gauge for 10 spokes then divide the number by 10 they said plucking isn't really to acurate. Yes we used thread prep and yeah im havin lots of fun!
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Nice!!! I'm still riding on the first set of wheels I built, a King Disc set for my mtn bike. 6 years of abuse and they have only been retrued once after breaking in and retensioning.
Thanks man! Isn't building a good time?
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Thanks man! Isn't building a good time?
Absolutely, wait until you start building for freinds/customers. I randomly see people on my wheels at group rides, races, events, ceturies ect that have nothing but good to say. It's all about patience and taking your time. If you build it right the first time the wheel will last forever.
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Absolutely, wait until you start building for freinds/customers. I randomly see people on my wheels at group rides, races, events, ceturies ect that have nothing but good to say. It's all about patience and taking your time. If you build it right the first time the wheel will last forever.
Yeah man I definately can't wait to build some sets for myself and other people. I plan on building a lot in my spare time.
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