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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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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by WoundedKnee View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    Did you use thread prep or just thread the nipples on dry?
    or linseed oil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ichitz View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Philasteve View Post
    i wussed out an bought a prebuilt set recently. i wish i had a road front hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by vw addict View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Philasteve View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by vw addict View Post
    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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