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Wheel Building 2


This is a practical all-day workshop which refreshes and extends your wheel building skills and experience.
Experience required: This workshop assumes that you have already learnt wheel building on a training course or that you have suitable equivalent experience. Complete beginners should book Wheel Building 1 instead.

The day is aimed at those who already have some wheel building experience who want to refresh and extend their skills and knowledge further. This is a fully hands-on course but the underlying theory is explained where necessary, based on the standard textbook The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt. This workshop revises the basic skills and theory covered in Wheel
Building 1, then extends your skills and knowledge by teaching you additional lacing and tensioning techniques. As well as giving you a lot more practice in assembly/truing you will learn how to tackle a wider range of wheel building
scenarios and challenges.

Groups are limited to eight students so that everyone gets the attention they need in a small intimate group. Apart from being prepared to get your hands dirty, you should anticipate having a satisfying and enjoyable day, by the end of which you will have sufficient knowledge and skill to build reliable wheels in various configurations.

Topics covered
  • revision of fundamental techniques and theory (lacing, tensioning, truing, stress relieving, dismantling etc.)

  • spoke length calculation

  • further lacing and truing practice

  • radial and hybrid lacing

  • alternative lacing patterns for hub reuse

  • right-to-left rear wheel quick build technique

  • optimising existing wheels

Learning objectives

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Calculate spoke lengths from hub and rim measurements.

  • Select and apply a suitable pattern when rebuilding hubs.

  • Lace crossing, hybrid and radial patterns.

  • Correct spoke line and avoid spoke wind up.

  • Tension spokes evenly and sufficiently for maximum strength.

  • Tension rear wheels using right-to-left technique.

  • De-tension, relubricate and re-true existing wheels.


Current fee is £130 which gives you:

  • 7 hours of intensive, hands-on training in a small group setting (max 8 students) 9.30 am – 5 pm

  • As much individual attention you need

  • Loan equipment and training components

  • (Optional) Bring and build your own components

  • Detailed handouts to take away with you

  • Hot and cold drinks all day

  • Access to expert advice before and after the course

Not included: Lunch or any parts for your own build


Currently by arrangement only. Please email us for details.


We do our best to treat customers fairly. We understand that sometimes an unexpected situation can crop up and disrupt your plans. If this happens please let us know as soon as possible so that we can try to fill your vacancy from people on the reserve list. However, because cancellations are difficult to fill nearer to the workshop date, please read the Refund Policy before booking.

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