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Old 05-12-24, 02:40 PM
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If you end up still looking for a decent wheel builder ...

R&E Cycles (aka, Rodriguez), in Seattle, WA -- A good shop that crafts high-quality, high-strength wheelset builds.

Had a wheelset made by them. Velocity CliffHanger 26", 36H, with White Industries MI-5 hubs, DT Swiss spokes. Very strong, reliable. Exceptional build quality. If I need another wheelset, I will certainly consider them. They aren't inexpensive, on a par with the earlier Sugar Wheel Works mention. But if a strong, reliable, high-quality build is what you're seeking, they can do.
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Old 05-15-24, 02:43 AM
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About how long/how many wheels does it take until one may feel confident in building wheels?
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Originally Posted by imi
About how long/how many wheels does it take until one may feel confident in building wheels?
A couple wheels will make you feel confident. A few more and you start to realize that you are not as brilliant as you thought you were. (Dunning-Kruger effect.) If you have good mechanical aptitude, you will learn faster. And if you take the time to figure out how to do it from good instructive sources, that will help a lot.

How long and how many? Somewhere between 2 and over a dozen.
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Originally Posted by imi
About how long/how many wheels does it take until one may feel confident in building wheels?
Your first set should be sufficient if you follow a good process and use good materials. They aren't going to collapse under you unexpectedly.

Download Roger Musson's booklet. He'll walk you through the process step by step. It's quite easy. My first set of wheels(H Plus Son Archetype rims, Ultegra hubs, Sapim 2/1.8 double butted spokes, brass nipples) has about a thousand miles on them now and they run as true as when I finished assembling them. Once you've gone through the process of building a wheel, wheel maintenance/post build truing tweaks are a minor event.
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Originally Posted by imi
About how long/how many wheels does it take until one may feel confident in building wheels?
Start with one. Ride it and see how it goes. The second one is easier as is the third, fourth, fifth, etc. But if you never build the first one, you'll never get confident at all.
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The best thing I did in my story of wheelbuilding was to get a Park Tool spoke tension meter, very late in the game.
It's incredibly easy to go around the wheel and get all spokes practically identical or to see where changes can be made for adjustments.
Especially useful on the rear wheel with it's very different tension on each side.
Then once a year while getting ready for the new season, I just go around and make sure everything is still fine.
Sure you can do things by feel and I did for a long time, but I wouldn't go back to that.
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Originally Posted by imi
About how long/how many wheels does it take until one may feel confident in building wheels?
Half a dozen wheel builds. Although that can be one set of wheels rebuilt a few times, until you figure out what makes a wheel last.

Second the recommendation of a Park tensiometer. Old pros don't need one, but it's a tool that will let an amateur closely approach a professional's work.
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Thanks for all the awesome replies about wheel building.
Like many things,I find, until Iíve started itís a mystery
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..forgot to post the link to Musson's booklet

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

It's mysterious until you get started and then Roger's instructions take the mystery out if it.
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Originally Posted by imi
Thanks for all the awesome replies about wheel building.
Like many things,I find, until Iíve started itís a mystery
You are fortunate, there are great sources of info on the internet.

I built my first wheel before the internet existed, and those that knew the secret dark arts of wheel building were slow to share their wisdom. Thus my first wheel was a disaster. But I learned from many mistakes on that first one.

If you really want to build a wheel or two, if you have not yet learned how to true up a wheel, buy a used bad wheel or find one in the garbage. And learn on that one.
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I build my own,
Rims; Velocity Dyads or A23,
A512 or A312 are also nice rims
Any solid hub mostly 36b holes

typically any SS spoke and only brass nipples
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