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Old 10-10-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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Lacing wheels

How difficult is this to do? Is there a good resource on how to do it? If it is too much of a pain in the , where can I get this done without spending a ton of money? I can take them apart just need someone to lace and true them. Called a few shops and they say it will take them 3 to 4 hours at $80 an hour. I normally buy a new bike every year but I really like this one so I just want to give it a makeover. I would like to put red spokes on the stock black rims. The spokes are cheap to either powder coat or buy colored ones. They would look pretty sick on a black rim but if I have to pay $300 just to get them put back together then I think they look fine the way they are.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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The lacing is easy, it's the truing that's a pain in the ! This is coming from someone who tried.

I took mine to On the Border Bike shop in Pasadena, but I don't remember what they charged. That was about 6 years ago!

Guess I don't (didn't ) have the patience!
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texted you, it's not hard.
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texted you, it's not hard.
Dont forget it's Brandon...he can't even keep his battery properly strapped down
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Post up your progress,I'll be trying this before long. Once I make a decision on what wheel size to buy lol.
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Dont forget it's Brandon...he can't even keep his battery properly strapped down
Why are you always bringing up old stuff. I'm trying to move forward here.
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it really isn't difficult at all...it's one of those "crawfish" activities that takes a while, a little gets done at a time, but it goes quickly with beer and great company. the last wheel I laced was done watching Eastbound & Down on HBO.
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I tired lacing mini wheels, and it was a major PITA. The process is fairly simple though. I imagine lacing a full size wheel is probably much easier, though.
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I think one of the keys is having a way of true leveling the wheel ie. the stand shops use.
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I think one of the keys is having a way of true leveling the wheel ie. the stand shops use.
two jack stands and a breaker bar. Zip tie on the leg of the jack stand for truing. Sounds ghetto but works just as well as a stand..
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werd, I built one out of 2 x 4's and plywood, worked awesome
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i put it on the bike and spun it. i had a stick stuck to the fork and the swingarm, near the rim, for a gauge.
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i put it on the bike and spun it. i had a stick stuck to the fork and the swingarm, near the rim, for a gauge.
This. I used a ziptie around the fork leg with the excess portion pointing towards the wheel.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:25 AM   #15
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its not bad. be sure you get a nice tq wrench. ive laced a bunch of em and its worth the time to know its done right if youre worried about it...also i recommend a dial indicator. did mine on a truing stand and tq to about 55-60inlbs with a finish tolerance of .010-.020"


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man, i'd love to lace up some gold rims to my dirtbike...but they would just look ugly after a few rides.

i have a hard time keeping up with the black rims with a magic marker!
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I haven't used these guys but the prices seem good.
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