The Bicycle Wheel

The Bicycle Wheel

The Bicycle Wheel
@ The ‘Bicycle Wheel’ is a book for every cyclist, from novice rider to experienced wheel builder, going beyond the most commonly asked questions. This volume answers questions such as: Should I use low- or high-flanged hubs for touring * Should I spoke crossed-four or crossed-three? Are radially spoked wheels stiffer than crossed-four? * How can I build a 32-spoke crossed-two wheel? * Should I use butted or straight sookes? * Does tying and soldering give a rough ride?

Based on years of experience, the author has divided the book into three parts. Part One, Theory, explains how wheels respond to loads. It discusses the merits of various designs and components, and explains what causes failures. Part Two, Practice, supplies a step-by-step guide for building front and rear wheels and wheels with different patterns and numbers of spokes. Part Three, Data, contains test results and formulas for computing spoke lengths and other wheel dimensions.

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In this tutorial we show you how to lace the drive side spokes of a rear bicycle wheel. It’s important to remember that on the rear wheel the drive side spokes are slightly shorter than the non-drive side, due to the dish of the wheel. You should also prep your spokes with linseed oil or spoke prep before lacing. When lacing the drive side spokes start at the spoke hole next to the valve stem hole. Make sure it is a hole that is drilled towards the drive side of the hub. Most rims have slightly offset drilling, so the spoke holes will angle slightly toward one side of the rim or the other.

When lacing, each set of spokes will be placed every fourth hole. So when lacing the outy drive side, you place a spoke every fourth hole on the rim, with three holes in between.

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  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Required study, February 2, 2014
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    Tom

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    This review is from: The Bicycle Wheel (Hardcover)
    If you want to learn how to build wheels, or even just understand their mechanics, then this book is required reading.
    It is an older book and doesn’t discuss disc brake usage or the resultant hub torques. It does discuss rear wheel hub torque and that can used to inform your guesses about the behavior of wheels with disc brakes.
    Most of the rim discussion centers around tubular style rims.
    It is not a standalone work. You’ll still need to hit up the local mechanic for pointers, watch some YouTube, and maybe read some of the other books around, but this should still be part of your study.

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  2. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good book for beginner wheel builder, April 18, 2013
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    This review is from: The Bicycle Wheel (Hardcover)
    This is a good book if you are a beginner at building your own custom bicycle wheels. Other books on the market may be better.

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  3. Thank you very much. I

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  4. what's the shortest handle bars you can get? I basically want just some stubs that I can attach brakes and grips to but keep my hands as close together as possible. I'm making a velocycle so I need to keep the bars as short as possible to make the body design easier. I'm using a chopper and if I fit short bars level with the headset I can put my self in a flatter more aerodynamic position and bring my arms/hands in.

    I'm here because the bike I'm using the bearing has chewed up the front hub so it needs to be replaced and the wheel isn't a standard size (somewhere around 12-16 inches) so it's much cheaper to just replace the hub.

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  5. I love the detail about the placement of the hub logo – really appreciate stuff like that.

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  6. Best video! The other videos here on youtube lack so many details that are key to wheel building. But this guy got it down pretty good. :)

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  7. Best video! The other videos here on youtube lack so many details that are key to wheel building. But this guy got it down pretty good. :)

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  8. Scott Williamson Reply March 21, 2016 at 2:48 am

    Excellent video. Cheers dude

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  9. did someone cut this guys fucking lips off for wiring russian wheel wrong

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  10. What is the world record for building a 36 spoke wheel?

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  11. Сергей Сергеев Reply March 21, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Thanks from Ukraine. It is your video helped me to collect the first wheel

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  12. bittasweet symphony Reply March 21, 2016 at 4:01 am

    does it matter if i start by threading from the inside or the outside/ because anther video the boy starts by dropping the spoke through, not starting from the inside.
    he went over over under, not under under over. and he twisted his hub clockwise.
    man lacing wheels is kind of a cunt.

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  13. Kristoffe Brodeur Reply March 21, 2016 at 4:03 am

    thank you very much

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  14. @thebiketube, any insight on lacing 32h SS rear wheel? I am considering the Paul Components WORD rear hub that has wider flange spacing to build a dishless wheel.

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  15. Bro, could you do a 28 hole video please? Having trouble with front wheel, back one is fine through watching video.

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  16. robert rodriguez Reply March 21, 2016 at 5:20 am

    hi is possible to fit 32 hub in a 24 hub ?

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  17. Excellent tutorial!!

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  18. 1. Put pull spokes on the inner flange drive side. First spoke goes next to the valve hole.
    2. Put pull spokes on the inner flange non drive side. First spoke goes after the valve and after first drive side spoke.
    3. Install push spokes on the outer flange drive side. Crossing is over-over-under.
    4. Install push spokes on the outer flange non drive side. Crossing is over-over-under.
    5. True the wheel with max 115 kgf tension on the drive side, tolerance between tension of different spokes on drive side +- 5%

    To make it easier to remember:
    – pull spokes go from the inside of the flange
    – two pull spokes are after the valve
    – else is obvious

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  19. great stuff man got my front wheel laced up nicely. really appreciated tutorial :)

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  20. marwi spokes?

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