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If you've never done a complete wheel before.
With great difficulty,..
Really, it's easier, more time efficient and cost effective, just to buy a new one.(or 2nd hand:)
Trust me, it's not worth it.
Good luck with that.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009


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If your hubs and rims are in good shape; go ahead and re-use them; but you'll need help measuring or want to use a spoke calculator online for the correct length spokes.

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1. jack up the front and rear tire off of the ground one at a time and turn the tires while looking head on to the tire; the tire sidewall should be rotating parallel as the rim. If the sidwall is moving side to side, the belt is twisted in the tire and the tire needs to be replaced.

2. If it is a spoked rim do the same test as above but see if the rim runs straight and if it does not the rim needs to be trued by a shop.

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I just god a new tire, tube, rim and spokes. Except i dont know how to install the spokes! How do i install spokes through the holes and to the rim? What is the correct order to put them in? What direction...

Thank you for the inquiry.
This is one of those projects in life that best requires special tools (Spoke Jig) and a lot of patience. I also recommend a couple of good quality spoke wrenches. The one that comes with your tool kit usually is for general emergency spoke tightening and minimal maintenance. Even at the shops there is not to many people that know how to do this well. It's time consuming and shop labor is expensive.
That being said here goes:
To get started you will need to know a couple of things:
  1. Spoke lacing pattern
  2. Rear sprocket/hub alignment position. (Chain must run true from front primary sprocket) this applies only if this is a rear wheel.
I've posted a link to some helpful pictures of wheel lacing on various bikes to give you a few tips and pointers.
Look at the spoke pattern on your other wheel to determine the direction to push the spokes through and determine the spacing pattern for the short or long spokes.
1) Lay the hub flat on a bench and install the spokes loosely in correct pattern. 2) Lay the rim over the spokes and push them through. Spoke direction corresponds to the receiving angle on the rim. Important to get started correctly than alternate. 3) Thumb tighten a couple of the nuts/ferrels loosely to hold rim in position. 4) Tighten nuts according to get the hub centered as best as possible (just to temporarily hold) 5) You can build a fixture with a couple of 2 x 4s as shown in the illustration or carefully clamp the bikes axel in a vice, not to damage the threads or pinch the axel nut.Horizontal position. 6) You will need to clamp a coat hanger or a heavy piece of wire to something solidly fixed to act as a reference guide. 7) Tighten spokes first for correct up/down centering then for left/right centering. 8) UP and Down: Position your gauge wire close to the top/front of the rim and rotate. Finger tighten and loosen the spoke nuts until you get the wheel running true for up/down motion. Keep going around and redoing until you get it as perfect as you can finger tight only. 9) Move you wire gauge to the side of the rim and repeat process. The front rim has a disc brake position to align for (not to critical) and the rear rim has a critical sprocket position to maintain. You will have to measure the sprocket offset to get it correct. Chain must run true. 10) Spin the rim on the axel for reference and Keep going around and tightening and loosening the spokes until you get the side alignment running true. May take a while and many spins. 11) Once you get the rim running true for both wobble and run out you are ready to slowly start tightening the spoke nuts with your spoke wrench's. Take you time and keep tightening in tiny amounts until you get tight and true. Tap the spokes as you go and listen for tension. 12) When you tap if you get a dull thunk - it's a little loose. If you get a ringing musical string sound you know you are tight and/or close depending on the amount of ring. Take your time.
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I have always wrapped duct tape in the V-slot to hold the nuts and prevent spokes from coming up and puncturing the tube. Go around several times. Just maintain the groove so you can still have room to place the tire bead in to stretch for mounting.
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If you are meaning how do you tighten the spokes, you'll first need a spoke spanner.(you can get one from a bike shop if you havn't got one).
Next raise the wheel you want to adjust off the ground.
Next, if they are all a little loose,mark one spoke with some tape.Starting at that spoke you marked tighten each one an eighth of a turn till you get back to the tape marked spoke.
Next, tape a small piece of plastic(I use a zip-tie) to the L/H fork leg(for a front wheel) or the L/H side of the swing arm(for a rear wheel) so its nearly touching the rim.
Now slowly rotate the wheel & watch the gap between the rim & the zip-tie to see that the wheel is true.
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