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Wheel building is often assumed to be an 'advanced' skill which can take years to master. Therefore many keen cyclists and bicycle mechanics tend to avoid wheel building because of its perceived difficulty. However, the wheel building process and correct technique are not difficult to learn, and it is surprising how proficient you can become in a short time if you get the right training. Wheel building is also a very satisfying and useful skill which makes you more independent of the local bike shop!


If you are serious about learning good wheel building technique and understanding the theory underpinning it, nothing beats face-to-face tuition from an expert. This allows you to learn from your own mistakes and be properly corrected every step of the way. Wheel building websites and videos on the Internet cannot do this. Better still, learning in a small group setting allows you to learn from the questions and mistakes of others too—and learning in a small group is a lot more fun!

Our Wheel Building Workshops are intensive, hands-on courses which give you the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to build and repair your own wheels. We explain the underlying theory behind the practice, based on the standard textbook The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt. Our courses are suitable for beginners and those with little wheel building experience. They are taught in small groups to ensure you get all the help and tips you need. Loan components and tools are provided. You’re also welcome to bring and work on your own parts, which we can help you specify in the weeks leading up to the class.

Comprehensive handouts and reference material are provided to take home. You can contact the trainer for guidance on your own wheel building projects after the course!

We offer two levels of 1-day workshop, both on Saturdays. Click the following buttons for more info and bookings:


for beginners, provides a solid foundation of knowledge and skills

for those with wheel building experience, refreshes and extends existing skills and knowledge

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  • Where exactly is the venue for the course?
    The current venue is: Coleridge Community College Radegund Road Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 3RJ Coleridge Community College is south east of Cambridge city centre. There is plenty of car parking on site, access from Radegund Road. From Cambridge Railway station, it’s a 25 minute walk via 'cycle bridge' to Rustat Road, Davy Road, then Radegund Road. Use entrance A. Car parking at P1 and P2 (overflow). Walk through green gate, to woodwork room E
  • Is there minimum age limit for participants for the course?
    This is very practical course, but with no 'heavy lifting'. Some of the stress-relieving techniques introduced do require a firm hand grip, but I would expect most teenagers of 13+ to cope fine. In fact, many of the build techniques benefit for good hand-eye coordination and dexterity, which youngsters tend to excel at. Providing that a young person is interested in learning a practical skill related to their bike, they will have a useful and enjoyable time.
  • Do I get a certificate for completing the course?
    Although this course does not provide formal certification like Cytech, EAL, or Velotech, the topics and skills taught are broadly equivalent. I can provide a course completion certificate after the workshop which summarizes the topics covered. For example, you may need proof of attendance for funding purposes. Courses targeted at professional bicycle mechanic certification tend to be longer (often 2 days) and more expensive. Our courses have been honed to focus on teaching proven practical skills, and the course duration is not 'bulked out' with unproven theory and doubtful technique.
  • Can I bring a couple of wheels to build for myself?
    You are very welcome to bring components to build, or wheels to work on (re-true, rim replacement, etc). Remember to bring any rim, hub, spokes and nipples you need. (I don't hold any stock.) I suggest you discuss your plans with me in advance. I start the day teaching everyone how to assemble, tension and true using my training components. Afterwards there is time for practising these skills at your own pace, either on my components or using any components you bring with you. Please bear in mind that time is tight on a 1-day workshop, and I can't promise you will finish building two wheels on the day. My experience is that most people who bring their own components have time to build and true one wheel; some people manage to assemble a second wheel but then will need to complete truing at home.
  • What time does the course start and finish?
    We start promptly at 09.30 am. We finish at 5 pm.
  • Is there secure cycle parking at the workshop?
    Yes. Park you bike inside the workshop itself.

What Our Customers Say

Excellent mix of theory and practice, delivered with enthusiasm and the right level of interaction.
Ben G

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