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I decided to build my first wheel. I read Mike T's faq's and Sheldon Brown's website plus the links from these sites. Anything else I should read before I start or any other pointers I should keep in mind?
 

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My biggest issue with the first wheel I built was patience. I'd try to move too fast and instead of bringing the wheel in to true, I'd go right past and it would be out to the other side. So the best advice I can give is take your time and don't get frustrated. Throwing the wheel across the basement didn't help me, so it probably won;t help you.
 

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Getting a truing stand would be a big help. If you know someone with one, see if you can borrow it. Other handy tools are a tensometer to get even spoke tension, and a dish gauge, especially if you are building a rear. Getting even spoke tension is important in building strong wheel that will hold true well. without a tensometer you can "pluck" the spokes with your thumb and listen to the sound it makes. Same sound=equal tension.
 

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Hardtails Are Better said:
Getting a truing stand would be a big help. If you know someone with one, see if you can borrow it. Other handy tools are a tensometer to get even spoke tension, and a dish gauge, especially if you are building a rear. Getting even spoke tension is important in building strong wheel that will hold true well. without a tensometer you can "pluck" the spokes with your thumb and listen to the sound it makes. Same sound=equal tension.
I opted against a tension meter. I found a chart for the musical pitch for different spokes. Since I am a musician I feel fairly confident that I can get an even tension without a tension meter. Plus I have a tuner. :D
 

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carl1266 said:
I opted against a tension meter. I found a chart for the musical pitch for different spokes. Since I am a musician I feel fairly confident that I can get an even tension without a tension meter. Plus I have a tuner. :D
Can you show us the chart?
 
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