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The delicate art of lacing up the spokes for a new front wheel

The delicate art of lacing up the spokes for a new front wheel

We start with a front wheel, because they are much easier. The wheel is built up in four groups of spokes, one set radiating out in each direction from each side of the hub. Divide your spokes up into four equal batches before you start: four batches of eight for a 32-spoke wheel, four batches of nine for a 36-spoke wheel and so on . . . ...

Building your own set of wheels is not as difficult as you might think - 2

Building your own set of wheels is not as difficult as you might think

Wheelbuilding is often treated as a mysterious art, unfathomable to mortals. It’s actually not as difficult as it’s made out to be. Producing a perfectly tensioned set of wheels that will run true for years in half an hour does take a lot of practice, but with a bit of patience, and a free afternoon, you should be able to make your own wheel out of a set of spokes, a rim and a hub. ...

Twelve routine safety checks before you ride

Twelve routine safety checks before you ride

Checking your bike every time you ride it can seem like a lot of effort, and it can also seem a little bit boring. It needn’t take more than a few moments, however, and occasionally you’ll appreciate the time it takes because you’ll pick up a problem waiting to happen that is far easier to fix before you set off. Looking carefully at your bike on a regular basis also makes it easier to spot when something is wrong. ...