Calculate Spoke Length

Calculate Spoke Length

Spoke length is dependant on the

rim, hub and lacing pattern used.

Spoke Selection

Spoke Selection

The usage, colour and price point

drives the spoke decision.

Parts for Wheel Build

Parts for Wheel Build

All parts collated ready

for the wheel build.

Logo Alignment

Logo Alignment

At the start of the build hub

and rim logos are aligned.

Start Lacing

Start Lacing

Spokes are added and nipples hand

threaded to start the assembly.

Continue the build

Continue the build

Spokes are added first on the drive

side and then non drive side.

Finishing Up

Finishing Up

The order is important to ensure ease

of adding spokes to the wheel.

Lacing Completed

Lacing Completed

All the spokes and nipples are added to hold

the assembly together ready for tensioning.

Loctite 222

Loctite 222

Loctite 222 is applied to reduce the chance of spokes loosening during

service prior to tensioning. Oil is applied to eyelets ease tensioning.

Nipples initial tighten

Nipples initial tighten

To speed production the nipples are lightly tightened

with an electric driver to an equal amount of thread.

Preliminary Tightening and Alignment

Preliminary Tightening and Alignment

A Park Tools truing stand is used to do a preliminary

alignment, prior to precision truing and tensioning.

Begin Precision Truing

Begin Precision Truing

The wheel is moved to the P&K Lie truing

stand for the final build process.

Initial Alignment

Initial Alignment

The wheel is now trued to close tolerance

prior to final tensioning.

Tensioning and Alignment

Tensioning and Alignment

Tension is systematically added a quarter

of a turn at a time to each nipple whilst

continuously checking alignment.

Checking Tension

Checking Tension

Each spoke is individually checked for

tension and bought to within tolerance

and then final alignment takes place.

Completed Wheel Check

Completed Wheel Check

The P&K Lie stand enables centering of the rim during tensioning and alignment.

To double check the Park Tool dishing tool is used. The wheel is then complete.

The Wheelbuilder

This is my fifth year working in the cycle industry. Previously I managed projects for a living having done a degree in Electrical and Electronic engineering. I took redundancy from the corporate world and decided I wanted to do something for myself. Having started life as craft electrical apprentice, I’ve always been good with my hands; I have also been a very keen cyclist for many years.  I trained to City and Guilds Level 3 in Cycle Maintenance and Wheel Building and opened my workshop doing repairs, custom builds and renovation. People would often come in with a steel framed bike, ask me to strip it down, get the frame painted and build it back up again. Then I started wheel building beginning with a set of wheels for a Puch Classic steel single speed and some builds for the local bike shop and haven't looked back since.

You get a feel for building a wheel: there are two critical dimensional characteristics. It has to be circular and it has to be laterally true, so it doesn’t wobble from side to side. Also the tensions on the spokes have to be set so that the wheel is stiff and will support the loading and won’t undo as you ride along, it’s a balancing act.

I’ve purchased some nice equipment and I build to a high quality level using high precision components. I have two Truing stands: one from Park Tools which is standard for most cycle shops but I’ve also invested a P&K Lei stand from Germany which is extremely high precision. It allows me to make both radial and lateral adjustments on the wheelset at the same time so that while, for example, I’m making micro adjustments on all the spokes around the rim I don’t have to go back half way through and check the lateral measurements. That way I get a very consistent build.

I source my parts from world class manufacturers across the price ranges; so I can make a wheelset from £200 to a £1200 depending on what the customer wants. I use all of the major brands and I think it’s important to stock product so if people want to call in before they buy to take a look and feel they can. There are a lot of people who buy a bike off the shelf at a store or on the internet and then come to me to customize it. I look at the weight of the rider, the type of riding they do and specification of the bike and recommend different options.

Wheels are the most important potential upgrade you can make to a bike because the weight and stiffness of the wheel has a direct impact on acceleration, deceleration, cornering and of course, look great with your bike. So if you want a great set of wheels, advice on what might best suite your riding style, wheels that are hand built with care to your specifications I am sure we can meet your needs. 

Here are a number of wheelsets built to meet various customer needs. These represent a sample of projects that we have been asked to do, some a simple build from new parts, others renovations. We have a broad supplier base from which to source parts from so most needs can be accommodated. Equally we will not shy away from doing something a bit out of the ordinary, renovating old hubs to fit in with your classic rebuild for instance.  Please contact us to talk about your needs, we will be pleased to help, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you would rather chat call us on : 01832 358 732

Creating a quality set of hand built wheels requires much thought. We have developed a multi-step process to ensure that we get it right for you.

1.0 What does the rider need?

The first stage in the process is to determine what the rider really needs - the riding style, the build of the rider, the desired look for the wheel set and any budgetary considerations. To help you with this we have created our favourite Wheel Selections, with options that you can choose, which we will then build for you. We also have a Ready Built stock items that have already been hand built to a specification. Alternately we can Custom Quote a set to meet your needs, so you already know what you want. If you want advice on a wheel set, or to find one suitable for your needs, then please call on 01832 358 732.

2.0 Selection / Quotation

If you have chosen from our Wheel Selection we aim to supply your set to you within 10 working days. Ready built stock we aim to deliver within 48 hours from order. For Custom Quotations we will indicate to you the timescales based on your requirements; assuming that the products are from our established suppliers then it would normally be 10 working days, but it will depend on availability of the parts. 

3.0 Wheel Building

This is a multi-stage process and getting it right is critical to providing you with a reliable, quality product. We have invested in the best available Truing Stand and Tension Meter from P&K Lei so you can be confident of a consistent build. The building process is as follows:- 

  1. From the selected components calculate the spoke lengths required and determine the maximum rim tension from the manufacturer's specifications.
  2. Lace the wheels in the appropriate lacing pattern with the selected spokes and nipples.
  3. Apply Loctite 222 to the threads (this is a low strength thread locker that will prevent spokes becoming loose but also allow adjustment later in the wheel life). Apply spoke prep oil to the nipple holes to lubricate the adjustment process.
  4. Take up the slack on all nipples tightening so all they are at the same start point before the tensioning process begins.
  5. Make the initial visual adjustment, truing the rim laterally and radially, this adjustment is made on the Park Truing stand.
  6. The wheel is then transferred to the P&K Lie stand, and the measurement meters adjusted to measure the starting tolerances. The radial and lateral high and low spots are adjusted at this point to within the +/- 0.15mm.
  7. Tension is applied gradually to each spoke by turning each nipple a whole turn to begin with then 1/2 turn then 1/4 turn checking the lateral and radial trueness as the adjustments are made.
  8. Tension is then checked and adjusted using the P&K Lie calibrated tension meter to 90% of the manufacturers recommended rim tension.
  9. There is tendency for spokes to twist as tension is applied, this is called wind up. Care is taken to limit this twist; however to counter any wind up the wheel is manually stressed both as a whole wheel and by individual spoke. The effect of not stress relieving may be that nipples loosen over time.
  10. The radial and lateral tolerance is rechecked and adjusted to within the tolerance limits

5.0 Wheel Completion

A standard rim tape will be fitted to the rim. If requested and appropriate for the rim tubeless tape can be fitted at an extra cost. In addition we can supply and fit Tubulars, Clinchers with tubes, or tubeless with sealant. To speed your installation of the wheel we can also fit cassettes and discs.

6.0 Despatch

Your wheels will be carefully packed complete with your build record, customer reference number and guarantee, and then delivered by recorded insured courier service to your stated delivery address.

Please let us have some details:

To create a custom set of wheels designed to meet you needs requires us to establish some key information about you and the sort of cycling that you will do with the wheel set. Please provide us with as much detail as possible to help us understand your needs by competing the form below, or if you prefer to talk, please call us on 01832 358 732.

 

Total focus on customer service

You are the most important part of the mix. We strive to meet your needs with our product. We will keep you informed on progress and update you once your wheels are out for delivery. If you have any issues we will strive to deal with them promptly to your satisfaction.

Understanding your specification, budget and time scales

Building the right product for you is important, so we will talk to you about your order and develop options for you based on the information that you have given us. You will then be able to choose what best suits your budget, looks and ride style. If you have already decided on the parts and lacing pattern we will advise if we think that this is appropriate.

Card payments accepted

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and PayPal. We can take payment over the phone or electronically over the web. We also accept direct BACs payment.

Fast turnaround and mail order delivery

In line with the industry standard we aim to turn your order into a new set of wheels within 10 to 12 working days after we have received your payment. Dispatch will be by 48 hour insured courier to the delivery address that you have given with your order. The product will be shipped in packaging designed to keep the product safe in transit. 

Quality guarantee

We only use manufacturers with a reputation for product excellence. Manufacturer's guarantees apply to the piece parts. (e.g. the Chris King hubs 5 year warranty) and documentation where supplied will be sent with your wheels. We will build the wheels to within +/- 0.15mm lateral and radial tolerance. Wheels will be hand laced to within the working tension stated by the manufacturer and checked using a calibrated tension meter. All nipples will be locked by either using Loctite 222 or proprietary nipple locking like Sapim Secure Lock. All wheels will be supplied with standard rim tape, tubeless set up can be requested at extra cost.

Wheel Projects

Here are a number of wheelsets built to meet various customer needs. These represent a sample of projects that we have been asked to do, some a simple build from new parts, others renovations. We have a broad supplier base from which to source parts from so most needs can be accommodated. Equally we will not shy away from doing something a bit out of the ordinary, renovating old hubs to for your classic rebuild for instance. Please contact us to talk about your needs, we will be pleased to help, please contact us at info@velowheels.co.uk or if you would rather chat call us on : 01832 358 732

Cyclo Grava

Cyclo Grava

HED Belgium Plus rims on Chris King Hubs

Stans Crest MK3

Stans Crest MK3

MK3 crests make a great XC wheelset

Altamont Ceramic

Altamont Ceramic

Cervelo R3 kitted out with stealthy Boyd Altamont Ceramics

Trace XC

Trace XC

Rigida Trace XC with American Classic Hubs and CX Ray Spokes

Stork Visioner

Stork Visioner

Semi Aero XR31T rims with CX Ray spokes and Dura Ace 9000 hubs

Donohue Classic

Donohue Classic

Classic steel framed Donohue with Mavic Open Pro

Kinlin XR31T

Kinlin XR31T

XR31T Cyclocross wheel set make a winning combination

Singular Fatty

Singular Fatty

Fatty booted up with some smart Hugo's on Hope Boost hubs

Formation Face

Formation Face

Aero style wheel set built with H+Son Formation Face Rims

Boardman CXR

Boardman CXR

H+Son Hydras make a great disc wheel set American Classic hubs

Specialized TriX

Specialized TriX

Touring Disc on Pacenti SL25 rims with SP Dynamo Hub

JLaverack Titanium

JLaverack Titanium

Titanium road bike Stans Grails and Hope Pro4 Disc Hubs

Classic Puch SS

Classic Puch SS

Mavic Reflex, restored hubs and tubs recreate a retro look

Genisis Croix De Fer

Genisis Croix De Fer

HED Belgium Plus rims with Hope Pro 4 hubs

Holdsworth SS

Holdsworth SS

BLB Hubs built up with Mavic Open Pro

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Payment

Payment can be made by all major credit cards, PayPal Invoice, BACs or Cheque. Wheels will be created and sent once payment has been confirmed.

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Reliable Delivery

Delivery for your wheel set to a UK address is inclusive. For an additional cost we ship to mainland Europe and the rest of the world, however cost will be country dependant.

We carefully package your wheels in our custom designed boxes. We send via signed for courier delivery and we will keep you informed of shipping status.

Customer rebuilds and repairs are charged at £15 for UK delivery. Alternately please call in at the workshop.

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Contact Velo

1 Kings Road,Oundle,

Peterborough 

PE8 4AX 

Mob: 07864 937645

Tel: 01832 358732

Email: info@velowheels.co.uk

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If you prefer to have a face to face discussion and a look at some of the options you are welcome to drop into the workshop. 

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