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My first wheel build(5 posts)

My first wheel buildAlpedhuez55
Sep 15, 2003 8:33 PM
Wello, it was actually a rebuild. I had a Ritchey wheel that was bad from the start. It was not built properly and needed to be touched up after almost every ride but they used some sort of thread lock in it and some of the wheels were impossible to true. So I decided to rebuild it.

I loosenned or cut the spokes and relaced it. It went by quicker than I thought. My new job has had me setting up a lot of bikes and my truing skills have gotten pretty good. The tensin feels good but I will check it with my new Park Tension Meter later in the week before I ride it. It is centered, round and true. The tension feels pretty uniform though. I will have to see how it holds up.

My next project will probably be some new wheels for my cross bike that I will build from scratch.

Mike Y.
Did you stress relief it?Len J
Sep 16, 2003 3:39 AM
I'm no expert, but everything I read & on the 5 sets I've built, stress releiving (in addition to even tension) is apparently the most important thing in getting a wheel that stays true.

Good job.

Did you stress relief it?Alpedhuez55
Sep 16, 2003 7:47 AM
I did stress releive it. It seems to be holding up well. Riding will be the true test though.
Did you stress relief it?daniell
Sep 18, 2003 1:30 PM
I have built many wheels and have never stress relieved them. I just ride it for a while, then retrue them. They have lasted for years. I am open to suggestions however. What is the best way to stress relieve the wheels?

re: My first wheel buildAl1943
Sep 16, 2003 8:04 AM
Good job, there's nothing quite as satisfying (well almost) as riding out on your home built wheels.