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Hello,

I'm posting this mostly as an encouragement to others who've never laced thier own wheels before. Not to degrade those who do it for a living, and do it very well, but there are many who are serious budgeters who probably wouldn't have a third of what they do if they didn't do it or build it themselves. Sometimes purchasing handbuilt wheels isn't financially plausible...but I wanted to encourage those who haven't because they are afraid they won't be precise enough to please reconsider. Based on my recent experience with a first build, I think all ya'll humble mechanics would benefit from lacing at lease one pair of yer own wheels.

After reading here the words of encouragement and advice from seasoned wheel builders, and combing ebay for many hours, I came up with the components for a pair of wheels I felt would be nice enough for me to be excited about, yet cheap enough for me to screw up and not feel too bad. The one thing I splurged on were the IRO flip flop hubs, because just in case they last I liked the idear of sealed bearings (plus they're so shiny!) I got a pair of previously laced Velocity Razors on ebay for 70 bucks shipped to my door, and 14 straight-g ss spokes by wheelsmith in the precise size I needed for 8 bucks per 20 from nashbar.

One day I was sick from work, and so took this forum's advice and laced the wheels first, and tensioned them the next day. I printed the article from sheldon brown's webpage, and put some e-tape on my lead spoke so I could use it as a reference point.

I have no tension meter, so I pretty much just plucked away at the spokes to see if they sounded like some wheels I already have that are the same spoke-wise. I felt apprehensive because my wheel truing stand is from Performance. I also have no dishing tool. I just kinda did my best to make it tight and true.

The orange in the picture is my project frame being respaced to 120 (from 110!) to accomodate the rear hub...if you'd like to see them finished on my new project, go to the fixed gear forum!

My one hint is, I rode them through golden gate park last weekend, and so far they are still as true (or untrue) as they were when I started, and no spokes have popped through the tires yet :) I went with 32 hole 3 cross lacing, along w/ the 14 g spokes could they be too stout to worry about? I hope so, because I certainly am no expert builder. I'd say I'm proud I tried, and we'll see after I hit a curb or two. The fun part will be maintaining them.:thumbsup:

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Congrats on your first build. They look "sweeeet". I was contemplating building my Ambrosios' myself, but chickened out. After reading your post I might try and build up a set of aeroheads (in pink) for my wife's bike.
 

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Go For it!

croswell1 said:
Congrats on your first build. They look "sweeeet". I was contemplating building my Ambrosios' myself, but chickened out. After reading your post I might try and build up a set of aeroheads (in pink) for my wife's bike.
My GF (soon to be wife!) wants some pink deep v's on her cyclocross. the good thing about those is they are so beefy it's really hard to f*** them up (especially if you're 125 lbs like she is).

I think superspokes.com has aeroheads in pink for the best price per, but for me I just kept scanning ebay til this guy put the barely used razors up...had my 2nd ride on 'em this weekend, still no complaints :thumbsup:
 

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ILikeShiny said:
My GF (soon to be wife!) wants some pink deep v's on her cyclocross. the good thing about those is they are so beefy it's really hard to f*** them up (especially if you're 125 lbs like she is).

I think superspokes.com has aeroheads in pink for the best price per, but for me I just kept scanning ebay til this guy put the barely used razors up...had my 2nd ride on 'em this weekend, still no complaints :thumbsup:
There was a guy on CL SF that had some Velocity rims in pink. Might wanna go check.
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