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A properly-built wheel begins with properly-sized components. In this article, we will outline how to determine proper spoke length for your wheel build based on measurements of your rim and hub.
How to Build a Wheel Video
Wheel building is the process of attaching the rim to the hub using spokes and nipples as fasteners, and then bringing the entire structure up to proper tension.
A properly-tensioned wheel is stronger, and stays true longer. This article will review how to properly measure and adjust spoke tension.
Bicycles are designed with the front and rear wheels centered over the midplane of the bike. If the wheels are not centered, or out of dish, the bike can handle poorly. This article will review how to check and adjust bicycle wheel dishing by making changes to spoke tension.
If a bicycle wheel is out-of-true (meaning not sufficiently straight or round) it can affect riding performance and shorten the life of components. This article will outline the process of truing the common spoked bicycle wheel.
How Wheel Truing Works Video
Inside the structure of a bicycle wheel, there's a lot going on. Bicycle wheels rely on tension from the spokes to suspend the rim around the hub. Wheel truing is the process of adjusting this tension to affect how straight the wheel spins.
This article will review selecting the correct wrench for bicycle spoke nipples.
This article will discuss the removal and installation of front and rear wheels on a bicycle.
The Wheel Tension App (WTA) is a web-based tool that will produce spreadsheets and a visual diagram to help analyze relative tension between spokes (figure 1). Designed to work only with the TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter from Park Tool, the WTA can help you achieve a wheel with consistent spoke tension. It is also useful when diagnosing wheel tension issues or documenting wheel truing results.
NOTE: The statistics generated by the app are based on a factory calibration of the TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter. The values given should be used as a general guideline, as actual TM-1 readings may vary based on the care, history, and usage of any given meter.
The TS-2Di Dial Indicator Set is designed to fit any Park Tool TS-2, TS-2.2, or TS-2.3 Truing Stand (figure 1). The TS-2Di provides a quantitative measurement of a wheel’s lateral (side to side) and radial (up and down) trueness or run out. By setting standards for lateral and radial true, and having all mechanics true to these standards, a service department can save time, be more productive, and produce consistent results for all wheels.