[Note: this is #6 in a series of 20 tips to be published during 2009.]
For those of you that don’t know the fastest way to build a rear wheel, here is how. This method is standard practice for many but still undiscovered by most. Building from right to left leverages the inconvenient truth of rear wheels to speed up the process. In fact, this method makes rears faster and easier to tension than fronts.
Step 1, begin by lacing your wheel in the normal fashion. Make sure each nipple is loose but tightened down the same distance as its same side neighbors. Step 2, now tighten your drive (right) side nipples evenly until they become snug. Continue until this side becomes tight, about 2/3 of finished tension. Make sure left side spokes are still loose.
Whoa, you may say, “the rim is now centered over the right hub flange and does not run true.” Yes, but no worry, this is exactly what you want. Read more →