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So, I think I'm ready to build my own wheels...

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So, I think I'm ready to build my own wheels...

I've read a few of the books, have a basic idea of what is going on. Why don't more people build their own wheels- doesn't seem like it'll be that hard? Just time consuming.

What am I missing?
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Nothing go build them already
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Originally Posted by yellowjeep
Nothing go build them already
I'm too busy posting on BF
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Most people don't have the time to put into learning how to build wheels and actually doing it. They'd rather purchase pre-built factory wheels for a little extra dough.

Also people that have nice bikes do not want to take the risk of making a mistake in building the wheel and trashing their bike in a spectacular crash.
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My friend's dad builds wheels and does an excellent job. he is not a mechanic either - a psychiatrist
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maybe you could finish buidling mine?

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I realize that time is probably the limiting factor. Not worried about that, I think it'll be neat to do it myself.

Anyone have any duh! tips for a first-time wheel builder? Things you wish someone had told you before you started?

Thanks!
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Building wheels is not difficult if you have good components and don't rush it. As for reading, I think this should be enough:

https://sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html
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Unless you are one of the few who gets in into framebuilding, wheelbuilding is really the final frontier of the home bike mechanic. A good set of instructions, the proper tools, and some patience is all you really need to be successful. I would advise using a tensiometer...without one you will have little ability to determine the quality of your build.

Riding your own handbuilt wheels is far more satisfying then buying prebuilts. Instead of considering which wheel is best for you, you can start to think about which spokes, hubs, rims, lacing pattern, etc. are best for you. The possibilities are endless.

For me wheelbuilding has turned out to be cheaper over the long term, especially when you factor out LBS costs for wheel maintenance, which are no longer needed.

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Originally Posted by mihlbach
For me wheelbuilding has turned out to be cheaper over the long term, especially when you factor out LBS costs for wheel maintenance, which are no longer needed.
What does your current tool set-up look like? The only thing I've got are my books, the web links, and a spoke wrench.

Any recommendations for truing stands, dishing guide, etc? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Iamkar33m
Also people that have nice bikes do not want to take the risk of making a mistake in building the wheel and trashing their bike in a spectacular crash.
I don't think that's a valid concern. Not saying people don't think that way, but I'd trust my work over anyone's, and you'd have to really fubar a build to result in an isolated catastrophic failure.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
I don't think that's a valid concern. Not saying people don't think that way, but I'd trust my work over anyone's, and you'd have to really fubar a build to result in an isolated catastrophic failure.
+1 on WR's wheel building skills
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It is not that hard, but the right tools, ie, stand, dish, spoke wrench, spoke lubricant and a tensiometer will be necessary, imo.

Getting the first spoke into the right rim hole is usually the hardest part for me.

It is very thereuputic, no wonder the pychiatrist builds wheels.
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Originally Posted by fasterTHANyou
Just time consuming.

What am I missing?
My calculator says building your own doesn't save *that* much $ if any. Why are you? For the challenge?

And oh yeah, depends on your tax bracket. Lots of time to kill? go4it.
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Originally Posted by jsmithepa
My calculator says building your own doesn't save *that* much $ if any. Why are you? For the challenge?

And oh yeah, depends on your tax bracket. Lots of time to kill? go4it.
For the satisfaction. I enjoy wrenching. What does tax bracket have to do with it?
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Originally Posted by aham23
maybe you could finishing buidling mine?

later.




...they're more done than you realize....

for the record I HATE the paired dogbone drilling on Speedcific/Formula hubs....
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Originally Posted by MondoDave
+1 on WR's wheel building skills
I'm mostly saying that once you know how to do it right, you'd probably rather just do it yourself. This same stupid opinion of mine is going to have me building kitchen cabinets all winter rather than paying the $18000 we were quoted It will be fun to do myself though.

So, I trust your PT continues to spit out dreamy numbers at you from within its perfectly round Ambrosio confines?
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Originally Posted by jsmithepa
My calculator says building your own doesn't save *that* much $ if any. Why are you? For the challenge?

And oh yeah, depends on your tax bracket. Lots of time to kill? go4it.
Hmmm....

1. It doesn't take that long once you have everything. The only thing that takes time is sourcing exactly what you need/want for the prices you want.

2. Don't know what you classify as a savings or not - depends on your definition of performance and the price you are willing to pay. I can build 1500g wheelsets that are fully servicable, durable, and cost under $400. To me that's a savings, but for all I know you prefer $200 crap pre-builts.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001
2. Don't know what you classify as a savings or not - depends on your definition of performance and the price you are willing to pay. I can build 1500g wheelsets that are fully servicable, durable, and cost under $400. To me that's a savings, but for all I know you prefer $200 crap pre-builts.
Ppl who can afford the 1k wheels don't need to ask the question do they.

There ough to be a trophy, certificate or sthing, BUILT MY OWN and luuuuving it!
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Hmmm....

1. It doesn't take that long once you have everything. The only thing that takes time is sourcing exactly what you need/want for the prices you want.
2. Don't know what you classify as a savings or not - depends on your definition of performance and the price you are willing to pay. I can build 1500g wheelsets that are fully servicable, durable, and cost under $400. To me that's a savings, but for all I know you prefer $200 crap pre-builts.
Aham, any comments?
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Aham, any comments?
Hey now.....I said..."once you have everything". His spokes came in a couple of days ago. give me through the weekend.
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In my experience the parts are the most significant part of the total wheel cost. The build labor isn't that much. I'd just buy the parts and let someone else build them for me... in fact, that's what I did recently. I used speedgoat.com, though anybody who builds wheels regularly (even your neighborhood psychiatrist from post #5) could do a fine job I'm sure. I just didn't want to mess with it.

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Aham, any comments?
the aham23 camp has this official statement on my new wheels for the 2008 season (or was that 2009 season?)

"im not saying. im just saying."

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i think i am going to be forced into building my own wheels soon if I cant find a shop to build the wheels I need and do so in a timely manner!
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My local shop will build a wheel for $35. That's pretty cheap and I'm sure it would take me many hours to complete.
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