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How to lace a bicycle wheel.

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Being able to lace and true your own wheels is a very important skill to learn. Not only will you save money and be able to look after your wheels better, but you will also have the ultimate trump card over your mates!

Although wheel building looks a little complicate and often scares riders, it is in actual fact much easier than it looks, I actually find it quite therapeutic.

In this article you will learn how I lace 32 spoke 3 cross pattern wheels.

you can see more How To's on my site:

The pics are a bit small, but if you pop over here:

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You should be able to click on the pics for larger images.

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Step 1: Tools, parts and step 1

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Tools

  • Small flat head screwdriver (for turning nipples)
  • Spoke key

Materials

  • Rims
  • Spokes
  • Nipples

Make sure your hubs and rims match!! Dont use disc only rims with non-disc hubs and make sure the hubs and rims have the same number of holes.

This tuition will tell you how to lace a 32 spoke wheel using a 3 cross pattern.

First thing to do is to choose your rims and hubs. Im using Sun Singletrack rims in camo) and Novatec hubs (however some pictures will show different hubs and rims). This set up will not only look slick but also last a hell of a long time with minimal maintenance.

Once you have chosen your rims and hubs you need to calculate the length of spoke you need. There are plenty of spoke calculators on the Internet. The manufacturer of your rims or hubs might even have one. If you are really lucky the owner of the shop you bought your parts will know the size you need.

Usually the lengths of spokes needed for a front wheel are the same on each side, USUALLY. Spokes for your rear wheel will be of different lengths, USUALLY. The drive side of the wheel will use shorter spokes than the nondrive side, this is due to the rear wheel being dished (flatter on the cassette side).

Ok, We have rims, spokes and hubs (and nipples try to avoid alloy nipples) lets start lacing up that wheel.

This is how I build my wheels, Im not saying its the best way but it works for me and I have never suffered a broken spoke or pringled wheel.

Look at your rim you should see that the holes are positioned a certain way. One to the left one to the right, one to the left one to the right and so on.

If you are lacing a disc hub start on the disc side, it will make life a lot easier.

1. Pop your first spoke in from the outside of the hub and lace it through the appropriate hole (left/right) nearest the valve hole.
I wish the pictures were bigger, especially the ones showing spoke patterns.
dcrrcdx23 years ago
very helpfull! thank you!!
sharlston4 years ago
woa thanks m gonna try thins i get free spokes,hubsmnipples and things fromour school field we get bikes dumped there
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