[Note: this is #15 of a series of 20]
The best way is, of course, to be pedaling at a brisk pace. Scenery, a fresh breeze, the rhythmic whirring of your bike. Ah, yes. But I’m seated at a keyboard! Back to topic.
Every wheel build contains an important phase in which loose nipples need to be threaded down their spokes in an efficient and organized way. First, of course, you set aside the parts needed to build a wheel. Lengths calculated and spokes counted. Nipples at the ready. The lacing process is a puzzle at first but your speed will double with each subsequent assembly.
The point at which your wheel is laced but entirely loose is a satisfying moment. Bystanders think you’ve accomplished 90% of the “trick” of wheel building. After all, they’d be struggling with the lacing pattern. You figured that out. Laced, the wheel bears a strong resemblance to the finished product. It smiles back at you. Give yourself a pat on the back. Now is time to move decisively forward. Read more →