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Mike T. said:
There is no way to answer that question but why not build 'em yourself?
You know, I've done everything on my bikes for 10 years.... except build wheels. I take my biz to a local guru, but it does make a lot of sense to do it yourself. Obviously the labor saved could be used for other things, but I am understandably "afraid" to screw stuff up big time.

With online forums and books it shouldn't be that difficult, right? I guess matching spoke length to hub and rims would be the main deal; again, there are resources such as yours: http://www.execulink.com/~dtierney/wmc/faq.htm#WTQ1

Mike T., how many sets did it take for you to build/screw up until you were confident with the end result?
 

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westin said:
You know, I've done everything on my bikes for 10 years.... except build wheels. I take my biz to a local guru, but it does make a lot of sense to do it yourself. Obviously the labor saved could be used for other things, but I am understandably "afraid" to screw stuff up big time.
Westin, some of us around here get our jollies out of people "like you". We're dedicated to removing the mystique out of wheelbuilding for newbies. After you've built and ridden on your first set of wheels you'll be so pumped you'll wish you'd have done it years ago and (hopefully) you'll never pay someone again to do it. I've been home-building my wheels (and for friends) for 43 years and I still get the rush when I take that first ride on a new set.

With online forums and books it shouldn't be that difficult, right? I guess matching spoke length to hub and rims would be the main deal; again, there are resources such as yours: http://www.execulink.com/~dtierney/wmc/faq.htm#WTQ1
There has never been a time when it's ever been any easier. Someone is here almost 24hrs/day to help you. There are books (Brandt & Schraner), websites (Sheldon Brown) and personal pages (mine) that combined, will give you everything you need for the job. Heck my pages are dedicated to telling you how to do it as cheaply as possible. When I built my first wheel (out of necessity) when I was 14 there were zeeeero resources for wheelbuilding info. I just copied another wheel. Play around with a couple of spoke calculators before you need to use one and the mystery will be removed from them too.

Mike T., how many sets did it take for you to build/screw up until you were confident with the end result?
My first wheels never let me down. No wheel has ever let me down. I used to get some spoke breakages years ago and now that I have lots more knowledge (most of it from the 'net) I assume most (all?) of those breakages were from fatigue due to uneven or insufficient tension. Plus I did a zillion miles in those earlier days too and fatigue is accumulative. But there is now sufficient info out there so that even your first wheel will be sufficiently and evenly tensioned - and without the need for expensive tools for gauging tension.

I can't remember my last spoke breakage. Go to it Westin! You'll be so happy you did and we'll be here to share your joy when it happens.
 
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