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Old 06-03-19, 04:44 PM
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Wheel building book.

Iím looking for recommendations for a good book on wheel building and maintenance. I donít care if it covers all maintenance as long it has a comprehensive section on wheels. Many thanks
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The classic in the field is Jobst Brandt's "The Bicycle Wheel", first published in 1981. I believe it it out of print but easily available through used book sellers and Amazon.

This is a highly detailed and theoretical treatment of bicycle wheel design and function. Some of his claims are a bit controversial but still very thought provoking. There is a lot of practical, hands-on info also.

The book is obviously dated and, of course, says nothing about carbon rims and other material and design changes since it was written. Still, well worth the time.
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I started here-
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html

I bought Brandt's book, but had trouble wrapping my brain around some parts.
OTH, I have mild Asperger's, but I thought that would help wrap my....

How do you define "maintenance"?
If you are talking hubs/bearings, just Google "bicycle hub maintenance".
It's not the same as "wheel building".
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Old 06-03-19, 06:55 PM
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I have never used anything other than the few pages dedicated to wheel building in Effective Cycling.
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this book was strongly recommended to me: ART OF WHEELBUILDING: A BENCH REFERENCE FOR NEOPHYTES, PROS & WHEELAHOLICS, By Gerd Schraner.
the high price of the book has kept me from owning a physical copy. however, if you use your google-fu, you can find a downloadable pdf of it.
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Plus one on Brandt's book. Also, Sheldon Browne has an excellent how-to at his site. I just rebuilt my rear wheel after 30-plus years. Couldn't find my copy of the book but the on-line info from Browne got me through it with flying colors!
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This is the book I learned (and am still learning) from - Most excellent, for a $12 download :

https://www.wheelpro.co.uk/wheelbuilding/book.php

Musson's book covers everything, in an easily understood fashion - I actually printed it out, and keep it in a ring binder on my workbench
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On my bookshelf is "building bicycle wheels" by Robert Wright, copyright 1977, cost: $ 1.95 BITD..
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
The classic in the field is Jobst Brandt's "The Bicycle Wheel", first published in 1981. I believe it it out of print but easily available through used book sellers and Amazon.

This is a highly detailed and theoretical treatment of bicycle wheel design and function. Some of his claims are a bit controversial but still very thought provoking. There is a lot of practical, hands-on info also.

The book is obviously dated and, of course, says nothing about carbon rims and other material and design changes since it was written. Still, well worth the time.
My copy of Jobst's book is well worn. I refer to it on all of my wheel builds. I recommend it highly.
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Musson's book covers everything, in an easily understood fashion - I actually printed it out, and keep it in a ring binder on my workbench
+1 on Mussonís book. I have both it and Jobst Brandtís, and I found Mussonís more useful as a stepwise set of instructions for how to build a set of wheels. Theyíre both good books and complement each other, but if I had to pick only one to learn how to build wheels, it would be the Mussonís book.
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I went one step further and got an instructional DVD that takes you step by step through the entire process of building a 3 cross rear wheel for a road bike from scratch. It also has information for variations like building for disc brakes or 2x spoke patterns, how to measure for ordering spokes, what tools you need and how to use them etc. The cost was small considering the skills you can learn from a Master Wheel Builder. I have since built several wheels very successfully and have greatly improved my truing skills along the way. Google 'billmouldwheels', if you cant find where to order the DVD, just email him. He has always been happy to answer any questions.
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