WHEEL BUILDING 101
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.