WHEEL BUILD­ING 101

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When it comes to any­thing to do with wheels, there’s no bet­ter ex­perts than Wheel Werks in Gar­den Grove, Cal­i­for­nia. They have been our go-to guys for years and are the ideal peo­ple to show us how a wire wheel gets made. In some cases, it might be cheaper to have a new wheel built and laced up than go­ing out and pur­chas­ing a new one, es­pe­cially if you have a good work­ing hub. While lac­ing a wheel isn’t the most com­plex type of work, it does re­quire some very spe­cial­ized pieces of ma­chin­ery. The tru­ing of a wheel is also a bit of an art form to know how to tighten just the right amount on each spoke to make the wheel as bal­anced as pos­si­ble. HB

1 We started with a new wheel hoop from Har­leyDavid­son, a stock hub, and new spokes.

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2 First the stock hub was pol­ished with steel wool to clean up nice and shiny.

3 Us­ing a spe­cial­ized clas­sic (read: old) piece of ma­chin­ery, the spokes were cut to the proper length.

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