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I worked in bike shops through high school and college. In that time I learned to build bicycle wheels. Some people find the idea of building a wheel intimidating but it isn't that hard. I'm going to show you how to build a wheel that has a radial pattern on one side and a more standard crossing pattern on the other side.

The most important thing is to be certain that your spokes are the correct length for your hub and rim.

I did this at TechShop in Menlo park with regular tools, no special bicycle tools were necessary.

Step 1: Lay out the parts

Picture of Lay out the parts
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I laid out my parts and tools on the table so I could decide how I was going to approach this build. Since the one side is radial laced and the flange is smaller it is the best side to start with.
 
true2texas111 months ago

Thank you for the great post, I hope that you will not mind me connecting with you. We are building a coffee trike, this will be helpful learning....thanks

Wow. Thank you for an excellent post. I look forward to your post on wheel truing.