For many people their cycle maintenance routines stop when it comes to tackling wheels. Retruing,
replacing a spoke or building them is something for the experts to sort out. There is certainly a
great deal of mystique surrounding the art of wheel building and this is reinforced by the reclusive
life the wheel builders tend to inhabit. You rarely see these people at work, they rarely discuss their
techniques in any detail, very little is written down and the cyclist can easily get the impression
that wheelbuilding is a difficult skill to learn.
Building wheels is not difficult and there’s certainly no artistic interpretation. Building wheels is a
standard mechanical procedure of assembling and tightening spokes in the correct sequence and if
you follow the procedure you’ll get a perfect wheel. Building a wheel does though require patience
and attention to detail if you want to build a pair of top quality wheels that will certainly be as good
as and more likely better than anything you can purchase.