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Afternoon Project: Look what I built!(8 posts)

Afternoon Project: Look what I built!pitt83
Jan 11, 2004 6:57 PM
Noob wheel builder showing off my work. I built these for my cross bike.

A tensiometer made the project pretty easy. I brought everything up to similar tension working in opposite spokes to pull in offestting fashion. I also stess relieved asa often as practical (about 3-4 sessions of pulling and releiving per build).

If you've never tried, it's the fear factor keeping you from not doing this. For 3X 32hole, it's really not tough. Just an anal retentive process.
Rim detailpitt83
Jan 11, 2004 6:58 PM
Velocity rims have served me well on both the rad and MTB bikes, so I was looking for a rim with a width large enough to easily grab a 35-40 cross tire. I also wanted an aero style rim for toughness and mud shedding instead of a box rim. I used 105 hubs since I had a rear already. The build only took 4 hours for the pair.
Thrice Crossedpitt83
Jan 11, 2004 7:00 PM
The only place I messed up was lacing the 3X spokes. The key spokes are easy to lay out, but I missed the first crossing spoke on the first wheel. I knew I had because I had 2 adjacent rim hole going to the same side of the rim. Attention to detail and realizing what was wrong made this an easy fix.
Thrice CrossedWoof the dog
Jan 11, 2004 9:59 PM
i may be wrong, but didn't you mess up on the front wheel with not as easily reachable valve hole? There is a way to lace it up to allow more space.

may be wrong though

woof.
You can see the valve hole?...TFerguson
Jan 12, 2004 6:17 AM
Even trying to go opposite the label on the whole wheel pic, I can't tell which part of the label has the seem.

TF
Haven't yet rim taped and ridden thempitt83
Jan 11, 2004 7:04 PM
But, now that I've learned the art, I'm sure to be trying the more exotic patterns and esoteric spokings next.

I think I've got a new hobby (but not going to take custom orders yet)

Dave
my $600 wheelsDougSloan
Jan 12, 2004 8:23 AM
I enjoy the process, too. Even with cheap parts, though, I think my wheels end up costing about $600 a piece, if you include labor. I'm very careful about tension and stress relieving, but it sure pays off. They stay much truer and solid than anything store bought, because no would want to pay for all that labor and time consumed with that level of anality. Yes, it's fun and rewarding.

My next wheels will be a set of fixed gear wheels. At 32 spoke, 3x, symetric rear, 14/15 guage, brass nipples, Open Pros, large flange Campy, that's about as easy as it gets.

Doug
re: Afternoon Project: Look what I built!MShaw
Jan 12, 2004 10:04 AM
Over the years, I've gotten to where it takes about an hour per wheel from start to finish. All it takes is practice, practice, practice.

I have 8 1/2 pair of wheels out in the garage and all but one pair I built myself, and I just bought those. Saw an ad for a pair of Zipp 404s for $450 for the set and couldn't resist!

If you're patient, willing to live with having spare rims and stuff hanging around for that next build, you can build wheels for less than "$600/set."

Mike