1-2-3

One rim.
Two tyres.
Three flats, this morning's being the most recent.

Time for a new rim, I think.

5 comments on “1-2-3”

  1. Patrick wrote:

    Any excuse! I'd make it two. Do you build the wheels yourself?

  2. Kern wrote:

    No, I've read about it but never tried. You?

  3. Patrick wrote:

    I built a pair of wheels last November. I found it very easy. I think it is easy if you copy another one and take it gently with the spoke key. I've never touched them since and they're still fine after maybe 4,000 miles. The bike shop supplied the right length spokes, which is the main thing. Garry's the wheelbuilder though. I believe he's been building his for a long time.

    [ See also the truing page ]

  4. Hilary wrote:

    It must be very satisfying building your own wheels but I don't think I'd ever have the confidence/patience to do it and I'm not sure I'd ever trust them! I get mine built by Harry Rowland in Kent who is reckoned to be one of the best.

  5. Patrick wrote:

    I know what you mean about confidence. I rode off gingerly the first time, then forgot about it. Building a wheel is a two-stage thing: first the weaving then the tuning. It isn't really a mechanical process like stripping a hub, and you don't get your hands dirty either. It's true there are wheel builders with great reputations. The man in my LBS, who built my 'official' touring wheels, has a good name but he said himself there's not much to it. He just does it faster. If you twang the spokes and they sound more or less the same note as on the copied wheel and the new wheel is reasonably straight, nothing can go wrong.

    The main reason to do it is for the fun, and I suppose it's nice to be able to true a wheel if needs be, or replace a spoke on tour – that sort of thing.

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