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Lacing my own wheels?

Old 07-07-05, 04:09 PM
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Lacing my own wheels?

I need to have a wheelset respoked. Using the best Park truing stand and instructions from Harris and Park websites, can rank beginners with plenty of time and attention to detail tackle this job?

This would be for my everyday wheelset, not some junker pair for spares.

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Pick up the book "The bicycle wheel" by Jobst Brandt if you are interested in this. It's cheap and invaluable.
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Originally Posted by nomo4me
I need to have a wheelset respoked. Using the best Park truing stand and instructions from Harris and Park websites, can rank beginners with plenty of time and attention to detail tackle this job?

This would be for my everyday wheelset, not some junker pair for spares.

Thx!

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Sure, you can do it.Start with the front first if your rear will be dished, properly dishing a wheel takes a little more time and effort.
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Originally Posted by nomo4me
I need to have a wheelset respoked. Using the best Park truing stand and instructions from Harris and Park websites, can rank beginners with plenty of time and attention to detail tackle this job?

This would be for my everyday wheelset, not some junker pair for spares.

Thx!

Mike
If I remember correctly, you're respoking in order to fix a poor build.
In this case, given the problems you had with the original wheels you should leave this job to a more experienced wheelbuilder.
Your first wheelset will be nowhere near as good as an experienced wheelsbuilder's 1000th wheelset.
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Originally Posted by baxtefer
If I remember correctly, you're respoking in order to fix a poor build.
In this case, given the problems you had with the original wheels you should leave this job to a more experienced wheelbuilder.
Your first wheelset will be nowhere near as good as an experienced wheelsbuilder's 1000th wheelset.
If he got a tensiometer he might do okay. Seems to me most of the problems with first time builds stem from a poor destressing process (spoke twist, spoke line etc).

If he followed spoke tensions with a tensiometer after a hundred miles or so he could tell if he did a bad job with his stress relief and catch any problems before they get worse.

Biggest problem I see in the initial lace-up if he doesn't get twist out evenly as he brings the tesions up. it's going to start going out of true as the twisted spokes "unravel". (spoke line is another issue as well)

That's a lot of equipment though (truing stand, dish tool, and tensiometer) and it's a lot easier like you said to leave the initial build in the hands of an experienced person.

Only reason I'm getting into it is because there are some unique combinations I want to try out. I don't think I'll save any money though.

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Originally Posted by nomo4me
Using the best Park truing stand
That would be a TS-3?
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Old 07-07-05, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Al1943
That would be a TS-3?
Nope, TS-2 after taking a look at Park's site. Still, adaquate for a nice job.

Thanks for all the replies!

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They actually make this thing.

http://www.cambriabike.com/Shopexd.asp?id=12612

All I can say is this thing looks like massive overkill. People even say the TS-2 is overkill.

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The first time I laced a pair of rims I just used a truing stand. As for the rear dish I used the rear triangle as the alignment part where the tire visually looked center. I played with the tensioning alot in the beginning to try and get a feel of the best tension that I required for my weight and riding style. And sure at the begining I had some problems that made me look closer at how I tensioned them but that's learning for you. Now after 8 rims I am pretty confident at building my own and loving it. My rims no longer go out of true as much or little if any. Just make sure you read up on it as much as possible and ask alot of questions to those that know. That's how I learned. I've built 6 road rims and two MTB rims and have laced in radial and 3 cross.
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