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Wheelbuilding how to make sure the tension in your spokes is right

Wheelbuilding: how to make sure the tension in your spokes is right

When you put tension in the wheel and true it, the spokes can get twisted. Instead of the nipple turning on the spoke thread, it can twist the whole spoke. The tension may look correct, but the first time you cycle down a bumpy road on your new shiny wheel, the twisted spoke will unwind as the tensions in the spokes change, and the wheel will immediately drop out of true. ...

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. ...