You many never have considered building your own wheels. Too complicated, too likely to get it wrong, too easy to get someone else to do it. All fair points, but it's not actually very difficult. The end result looks quite complicated but getting there involves fairly simple steps...

There are all sorts of fancy spoke patterns out there, but there's no very good reason to use anything but regular three-cross spoking so that's what we're doing here. We're doing a front wheel, but the principle is the same for rears.

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Before you start make sure the spokes are all sorted out into lengths, and put a bit of light oil on the threads. Chain lube’ll do.

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At this point you should have a correctly-laced, evenly-tensioned wheel that’s generally fairly round and straight. All that remains is to tweak out those final few wobbles as we covered in our wheel truing article