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Wheel Building Books(4 posts)

Wheel Building BooksB2
Dec 11, 2003 11:43 PM
From what I've been able to gather, the two most commonly recommended wheel building books are The Art of Wheelbuilding: A Bench Reference for Neophytes, Pros & Wheelaholics by Gerd Schraner and The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt.

I have a pretty good understanding of wheel building, but I don't have very much experience and could use a few pointers on actual building technique. Which of these two books (or any others) would best help me with building technique?

Buy bothhudsonite
Dec 12, 2003 6:51 AM
They are both good and different at the same time. Brandt's is more technical/engineering, Gerd is more practical/pragmatic. They are more in agreement than not. You could build good wheels with either.

I purchased both. They are both good reads. Personally, I like to get the insight from more than one person and the two books provide enough contrast to find both common ground and differing opinions.
Get Brandt...6was9
Dec 12, 2003 12:14 PM
I have both as well. Get Brandt if you want to get just one book for immediate actual wheel building. If you want to read more on wheel building history, concept, etc., get Schraner later.
Buy Gerd's first...satanas
Dec 14, 2003 7:12 AM
IMO this is more useful and practical, though Jobst's book is also worth reading. Brandt's book is sort of "that's interesting" while Schraner's is more "why didn't I think of that/I'll do that next time".

Bottom line: both are worth having.